Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2018.


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Friday June 8, 2018
12:00pm to 6:00pm


DoubleTree Hotel
St. Louis at Westport

1973 Craigshire Road
St. Louis, MO 63146

Sr. Mary Joseph Heisler

Sr. Mary Joseph has served in many roles as the Carmelite Sister DCJ over the years. She is currently the Executive Director of Operations for St. Agnes Home and Carmelite Child Development Center. Sister entered the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus in St. Louis, Missouri…

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Dr. Kevin Vost

Dr. Kevin Vost obtained his Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Adler University in Chicago with internship and dissertation research at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Alzheimer’s Center, Memory and Aging Clinic. His dissertation was entitled…

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Mrs. Melissa Savage

Mrs. Melissa Savage resides in North Carolina with her husband, Jerome, and their six children.

The Savages began homeschooling after realizing the public school system would not work for their oldest, Thomas. Melissa was reluctant to homeschool because she thought she lacked what it would take…

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American Life League – Culture of Life Studies Program

American Life League’s Culture of Life Studies Program provides pro-life educational materials, unit studies, and e-lessons for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. CLSP uses authentic Catholic social teaching and biblical principles to equip students with the tools they need to be evangelizers of the pro-life message. In December of 2017 the program was granted a nihil obstat and imprimature by the Diocese of Arlington, where we are located.

Brennan Innovators, LLC

Brennan Innovators provides low-tech and digital reading tools as well as consultation services for challenged readers. The company’s physical Reading Focus Cards and digital desktop app (for Macs and PCs) help improve focus, tracking, comprehension and retention. These research-based reading tools are customizable and sensory-appealing solutions serving various learning styles. Manufactured in the U.S.A.

Catholic Schoolhouse

Catholic Schoolhouse not only publishes a 3-year cycle of memory work for your family, it is also comprehensive in scope and sequence. It’s a foundation to build a true,one-room schoolhouse for your family. Joining a Catholic Schoolhouse chapter brings you right into the middle of a loving, prayerful community of national and international families.


CHERISH (Catholic Home Educators Resting In the Sacred Heart) is a group of Catholic homeschooling moms and dads, based in St. Charles County, Missouri. Our mission is to create a unified community of all Catholic homeschoolers in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, providing each other with information and support and advocating for our interests in our parishes and the archdiocese. We are pleased to sponsor a used book sale at the St. Louis IHM Conference this year. If you would like to sell your used books at the conference, please contact us at

Christendom College

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.

Holy Family Media

We are a family-owned and operated apostolate dedicated to education and evangelization. We offer a wide variety of whoelsome and orthodox books, CDs, adn DVDs for adults, teens, and children. Materials focus on family life, prayer, spirituality, and Church Teaching. Take advantage of the DISCOUNT TABLES where you will find used books and curriculum, scratch and dent, $1.00 CDs and savings up to 70% off!!!

Homeschool Legal Defense Association

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.

Kevin Vost

Pauline Books & Media

Pauline Books & Media is the publishing house of the Daughters of St. Paul women religious consecrated to proclaim the gospel message in the spirit of St. Paul.

Queen of Heaven Academy

Queen of Heaven Academy (QHA) offers an economical online curriculum that is faithful to the intellectual, moral, and spiritual traditions of the Catholic Church. Founded in 1995, Queen of Heaven Academy carries on the proven classical curriculum, 4 – 12th grade that has prepared students for acceptance in colleges across the nation and internationally. Homeschoolers, groups, co-ops, and schools all benefit from Queen of Heaven Academy’s Catholic curriculum that is conveniently scheduled across three different time zones. Queen of Heaven offers assistance for special needs students and makes the internet a safe place for students with our exclusive St. John’s SafetyNet program. Queen of Heaven Academy’s high school program is accredited through the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS). Please visit to learn more or email

Sacred Heart Books and Gifts

Sacred Heart Books & Gifts offers a variety of Catholic homeschool curriculum and supplements for all grades. We offer most of our products at 15% off retail price to help our customers save money.

Seton Home Study School

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).

Sr. Mary Joseph Heisler

St. Joseph Evangelization Network – St. Joseph Radio

St. Joseph Radio is a non-profit lay apostolate to proclaiming the Catholic faith through worldwide radio broadcasting, video programming, and other means of evangelization. In service to the Church, we present the Catholic standpoint and Church history, encouraging many to return to the practice of their faith, and fostering others to embrace Catholicism through conversion.

Stone Tablet Press

The Little Angel Readers make it easy for parents to teach their child to read. Over 90 phonograms are taught, using a variety of proven phonics methods. Child-appealing stories include Catholic family life, saints, Bible and folktales. Series of 4 readers, workbooks, and teacher manual. Grades K-2.

Teaching Textbooks

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, June 8

12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens

12:45pm – 1:30pm

Homeschooling Expectations vs. Reality

Melissa Savage

When you start out homeschooling, you have an image of what it will be like for you and your kids. You jump on this journey and throw your whole self into it, sometimes with blinders on. What happens when your child hits a speed bump, or if your family hits potholes along this journey? How do you pull yourself back together, find your way, and form a new plan?


2:00pm – 2:45pm

Finding God in the Pots and Pans

Sr. Mary Joseph Heisler

This talk is a reminder from a Carmelite that changing diapers and ecstatic prayer are not mutually exclusive. There are not “two ways” of holiness and “two heavens” to attain–one for the contemplative and one for the active. All are called to deep prayer, even when being faithful to the daily duties of our state in life seems to belie that reality.

3:15pm – 4:00pm

The Catholic Art of Memory

Dr. Kevin Vost

Dr. Vost will explain how Sts. Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas revived and transformed the ancient Greco-Roman “art of memory,” provide a live demonstration with the audience, and show how teachers and students can adapt these ancient methods to learn and remember just about anything.

4:30pm – 5:15pm

How Busy Moms Prioritize: A Survival Guide

Melissa Savage

Taking on new projects and volunteering can be great, but we always need to keep in mind that our time and energy are precious. As homeschooling parents, our families have a prior claim. Are you wearing too many hats? How can we get everything done that is important to us?

6:00pm – Conference Ends