Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2015.
Friday July 31st, 2015
12:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday August 1st, 2015
9:30am to 3:30pm
Rotunda of Mercy Hall
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Dr. Ray Guarendi
Dr. Ray Guarendi is the father of 10 adopted children, many of whom have been homeschooled. He is a clinical psychologist, author, public speaker and nationally syndicated radio and television host. His radio show, “The Doctor Is In,” can be heard weekdays on ETWN Radio....
Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
Mrs. Virginia (Ginny) Seuffert, a native New Yorker and mother of 12, has been homeschooling for over 20 years! While in New York, Mrs. Seuffert lectured, debated, and wrote a number of articles for the Pro-Life movement. After moving to Illinois, she became a founding member of the Illinois Association of Roman Catholic Home Educators...
Mr. Gary Zimak
Mr. Gary Zimak is a full time Catholic evangelist and the author of A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible, Listen To Your Blessed Mother and From Fear To Faith. He is a frequent speaker at parishes and conferences across the country and is well known for his talks on overcoming...
Mrs. Colleen Billing
Mrs. Colleen Billing is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Interpersonal Communication and a minor in the teaching of English. After teaching high school Speech and English for several years in the city of Chicago, she retired to start her family...
Mrs. Michele Quigley
Mrs. Michele Quigley is the wife of Tim, mother of ten, grandmother, veteran homeschooler, and a convert of 30+ years to the Catholic faith. She is an active member of the St. Anthony’s Latin Mass community, and has worked as a catechist and RCIA director at St. Mary’s parish...
Mr. Tony Schiavo
Mr. Tony Schiavo is a native of Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania on the outskirts of Philadelphia, where he grew up surrounded by his large Italian family. While attending Boston College in the early 1990s, Tony discovered a lively interest in history. After graduation, he couldn’t shake the feeling that his sixteen years of Catholic education had left him ill prepared to cope with a world increasingly hostile...
Arx Publishing gives a voice to authors whose books uphold traditional Catholic values and promote the Culture of Life. Specializing in new historical fiction for young adults, Arx also publishes high fantasy fiction, devotional and scholarly works.
Catholic Children’s E-Books digitizes extraordinary children’s books from our Catholic heritage in order to make them easily available to a new generation of Catholic children. All books are available for Nook, Kindle, and IPad.
Recognized as one of America’s premier Catholic Liberal Arts colleges, Christendom offers its students a fully Catholic education, integrating Faith and Reason, while immersing them in a vibrant and joyful Catholic culture steeped in the ageless traditions of the Church.
Since 1983 HSLDA have been pioneers in the homeschooling movement, and they are still fighting for homeschoolers today. They are the only organization that lobbies on behalf of homeschoolers in Washington D.C. and are a bastion of support, not just providing legal, but also practical, everyday support for 85,000 homeschooling families across the country.
Our mission is to help Catholics understand, live, and share their faith. We do so by providing CDs, books and video-based study programs for individuals and parishes to grow in their faith. We have a web-based subscription program, FORMED, for parishes including movies, audio talks, downloadable books and video based study programs available to everyone right in their own homes on their own internet devices. Spanish and children's content included. Stop by the table and see!
Morning Star Christian Center
Our purpose is to nourish the faith-life of Catholics and others of good will through hosting events and selling books, films, and cds that reflect the official teaching of the Catholic Church.
Northeast Catholic College is a residential Catholic liberal arts college in New Hampshire. The College seeks through the rigorous study and discussion of primary texts through its “Great Books” liberal arts program—and through its vibrantly Catholic student life, to call students to the lifelong pursuit of intellectual and moral virtue.
Peaceful Interiors offers professional organizing tips and ideas for home management. Two valuable organizational items will be for sale. The first item is a CD with 10 PDF files including a meal planner, school schedule, chore/allowance chart, shopping list, and more, which is Mac & PC compatible. The second item is an 80 minute DVD video tour of Mrs. Billing's home, with hundreds of tips to help organize each room of your home!!!
The Daughters of St. Paul are an international congregation of women religious who carry out the apostolate of evangelization using the means of communication. We dedicate our lives to bringing the Gospel of hope to people yearning for God's love, providing them with many different avenues to encounter the Living God.
Seton is a full-service Catholic curriculum provider and the largest publisher of Catholic textbooks in the English language. Serving over 15,000 enrolled students, Seton assists families by providing books, lesson plans, grading services, counseling services, and a wealth of online resources. At the conference, Seton offers a $30 per child discount on a full enrollment (grades PreK-12).
There is only a handful of conferences where Seton sells the used books that families return to us over the year. This one-day only sale is your only chance to pick up these great deals.
Math curriculum specifically designed for Homeschoolers. Math 3 through Pre-Calculus. Teaching Textbooks is approved by Seton Home Study School as a replacement math curriculum for Saxon Math.
Friday, July 31
12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:30pm – 1:15pm
Family-Centered Living in the Domestic Church
Joyfully live the Church year with your family. Learn what steps you can take to organize your home and time in a way that flows naturally into the Church’s liturgical seasons. Michele will share her tips on time management and organization to help you integrate the liturgical year into your family life in a systematic and organic way.
1:30pm – 1:50pm
They Have Slain Our Heroes
How can we raise virtuous children in a culture gone mad? G. K. Chesterton once quipped that defending the cardinal virtues has today all the exhilaration of a vice—and so it seems for Catholic parents. It is a challenge, but the task can be made easier if we know how to access our history and literature.
2:00pm – 2:45pm
Discipline that Lasts a Lifetime
Wise insights and sound advice from Dr. Ray will help parents to understand that discipline is an important way to love their children, and that teaching them self-control is a gift that will last a lifetime. His entertaining but no-nonsense approach to discipline is sure to instill in parents the needed confidence to take charge of their children’s behavior, with a smile!
3:00pm – Coffee Social
3:30pm – 4:15pm
Put Excellence at the Center of Your Curriculum
Faith binds us together, but Catholic homeschooling parents often differ when choosing curriculum and teaching styles. Learn why excellence should be at the center of every homeschooling home, and how to foster it in yours.
4:30pm – 4:50pm
Am I Doing Enough?
One of the biggest challenges facing homeschooling parents is the feeling that they aren’t doing enough for their children. When is it time to step back and let the Lord take over? In this talk, Gary will offer practical advice for learning how to do your best and then let God do the rest!
5:00pm – 5:45pm
Fighting Mad: Practical Solutions for Overcoming Anger
Are you angry? Why? How does your anger impact the other members of your family? Dr. Ray cuts through the psychobabble to present a realistic picture of anger and other emotional issues, and then offers practical solutions for overcoming them.
6:00pm – Day Ends
Saturday, August 1
9:30am – Registration
10:00am – 10:45am
15 Important Things I’ve Learned in 15 years of Homeschooling
This will be a high energy talk with everything from teaching our kids how to pray, to mom taking care of herself, to frequenting the sacraments, to saying NO to too many extracurricular activities.
11:00am – 11:45am
Discipline: The First Essential of Homeschooling
Experienced homeschooling parents know the path to successful homeschooling is paved with virtues like obedience, order, patience, and industriousness. Calm, confident parents who inculcate these values will be rewarded with children who are a pleasure to teach.
12:00pm – Vendor Sales/Lunch Break
1:30pm – 1:50pm
Saints for Our Time: Louis and Zelie Martin
Michele will share her thoughts on how the witness of these two married saints is an example of holiness and strength for all of us in a world where marriage and family are under constant attack.
2:00pm – 2:20pm
The Beauty and Necessity of Routines
This talk will present the importance of night, morning, school, and other routines, and how helpful they can be in allowing us to school our children effectively, as well as live more peaceful and balanced lives. This talk will be very practical for all moms, regardless of where they are in their homeschooling journey.
2:30pm – 3:15pm
“Be Not Afraid” (to Homeschool)!
Gary will share some of the techniques that he and his wife Eileen use to combat the anxiety of the homeschooling experience. They know first hand that a strong faith plays a big part in a peaceful homeschooling experience. Drawing from his best-selling book, A Worrier’s Guide to the Bible, you’ll find that it is possible not to worry…even if you’re homeschooling!