Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2011.


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Now in its third year, the IHM Tampa Conference is moving to St. Lawrence and for the first time, the conference will be free for attendees!.


Although we love children, attendance is restricted to adults, teens accompanied by an adult, and nursing babies.

St. Lawrence Catholic Church – Higgins Hall

5225 N. Himes Ave
Tampa, FL 33614

Friday July 22nd, 2011 @ 2:00pm to 8:00pm

Saturday July 23rd, 2011 @ 9:00am to 4:00pm

Fr. Edwin Palka – bio and photo coming soon.
Capt. Guy Gruters graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a degree in Engineering, and from Purdue University with an MS in Astronautical Engineering. He served in the USAF as a fighter pilot and retired from the USAF as a captain in 1973.

During the Vietnam War, Captain Gruters flew more than 400 combat missions as a Forward Air Controller. He was shot down twice, and after being captured the second time, he spent 5 years and 4 months as a prisoner of war in Communist prison camps, including the notorious “Hanoi Hilton.” Captain Gruters received two Silver Stars, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, one Bronze Star for Valor, two Purple Hearts, and over 20 air medals. Captain Gruters gives credit to his Catholic Faith for helping him through this extremely difficult time in his life. Two stories about his personal experiences during the Vietnam war appear in the book Misty.

Captain Gruters gives talks around the country to colleges and universities, ROTC units, and other military and civilian groups. His speaking engagements have included: the United States Air Force Academy, Virginia Military Institute, and the Franciscan University of Steubenville. His unique message, one full of faith and hope, is pro-military, pro-patriotic, and pro-God. Captain Guy Gruters and his wife, Sandy, have been married for over 45 years and have 7 children.
Dr. Catherine Moran received her B.A. in Biology, Chemistry, and Speech/Hearing Therapy from Kent State University, and her Masters and Ph.D. in Education from Breyer State University. A mother of five, she has over 20 years of homeschooling experience.

She was president of the Catholic Home School Network of America, founder of the Ohio Educators’ Catholic Home Schooling Network, and a member of the CHSNA delegation to Rome on behalf of Catholic Home Education, which visited with Pope John Paul II in 1995 and 1997.

Dr. Moran is a secular Franciscan, and served as prefect of her fraternity for three years. Currently acting as secretary-treasurer of the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima, Byzantine Chapter in Warren, Ohio, she has presented the Fatima message to over 20,000 adults and children in the Northeastern Ohio and Tri-state area.
Dr. Kevin Vost has taught psychology and gerontology at Lincoln Land Community College, Mac Murray College, and the University of Illinois. A member of American Mensa, the High IQ society, he has served there on the Research Review Committee. Radio programs, including Relevant Radio, Ave Maria Radio, and Sirius Satellite’s Catholic Channel, have featured Dr. Vost as a guest.

He is the author of several books, including From Atheism to Catholicism, Memorize the Faith! (And Most Anything Else): Using the Methods of the Great Catholic Medieval Memory Masters, and Fit for Eternal Life: A Catholic Approach to Working Out, Eating Right, and Building the Virtues of Fitness Within Your Soul. Programs based on Memorize the Faith! have been used for adult religious education classes and in Catholic schoolrooms through the country.

Dr. Vost resides in Springfield, Illinois with his wife Kathy and his sons Eric and Kyle.
Mr. Dale Ahlquist is the president of the American Chesterton Society and has been called “one of the most respected Chesterton scholars in the world.” He has lectured at major colleges, universities, and other venues, including Yale, Columbia, NYU, Cornell, Rice, the Vatican Forum in Rome, the Thomas More Centre in Melbourne, and the House of Lords in London.

The author of two books on G.K. Chesterton, Mr. Ahlquist is also the creator and host of the popular “Apostle of Common Sense” television series on EWTN. In addition, he is the co-founder of Chesterton Academy, a new independent high school in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, and the executive producer of Manalive, a film based on a novel by G.K. Chesterton, which will be released in August, 2011.

He currently resides in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his wife and six children.
Mrs. Virginia (Ginny) Seuffert, a native New Yorker, 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 Network of Illinois Catholic Home Educators, helped establish the “Round Table” (a Catholic home school leadership discussion group), and became a founder and officer of the Catholic Home School Network of America.

In addition to appearing on EWTN, she has been a guest on numerous radio shows, lectured at Catholic family conferences all over the United States and Canada, and has authored several articles on such topics as home education, teaching children the virtues, and household management. The Illinois Press Association awarded her first place honors for a column she wrote defending traditional family values in a local newspaper. The Seton Home Study School Newsletter regularly features her columns, and just recently Seton Press published her first book of an upcoming series, Ginny’s Gems: Home Management Essentials.

Here is a complete vendor list:

American Chesterton Society

Ave Maria University

Bethlehem Books

Capt. Guy Gruters

Christendom College

Discovery Toys

Dr. Kevin Vost

Hillside Education

John Paul Too Catholic Books and Gifts

Kolbe Academy Homeschool (Apparently there have been some mixed messages, but Kolbe’s presence at the Tampa Conference has been confirmed.) 7/12/11

Lighthouse Catholic Media

mater et magistra Magazine

My Smart Coach (Math manipulatives and other math-based products)

Seton Home Study School

St. Anthony Catholic Bookstore

Teaching Textbooks

Usborne Books

If you represent a vendor and would like to be considered, please email Mr. Draper Warren, our IHM Vendor Coordinator at dwarren(AT)

Friday, July 22
Time Speaker Talk
2:00pm Registration/Vendor Area Opens
2:20pm Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
The Simple Solution to Homeschool Success

Ready to take the plunge into homeschooling, but not sure where to start? You can simplify the process by breaking it down into just a few simple steps. Dealing with doubting relatives, setting up school space, finding support, and choosing curriculum are not as daunting as they seem.

3:00pm Fr. Edwin Palka
Detached ≠ Depleted

Homeschooling involves detachment from many things of the world, but the feminist culture looks at homeschooling mothers not simply as detached, but as trapped. Without having corporate jobs or receiving high awards, they are viewed as isolated and non-productive. What makes them different, however, is also what makes them strong. Far from being nonproductive, the accomplishments of homeschooling mothers will change the world.

4:00 – 6:00pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
6:00pm Mr. Dale Ahlquist G. K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense

Chesterton was one of the most important Catholic writers of the 20th Century: prophetic, profound, and paradoxical. After disappearing from the curriculum for two generations, there is a growing revival of interest in his writings. Delightfully counter-cultural and amazingly timely, Chesterton’s common sense is just the cure for the insane ideas of the modern world.
7:00pm Dr. Kevin Vost
Memorize the Faith!

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.

Saturday, July 9
Time Speaker Talk
9:00am Registration and Holy Rosary
9:30am Mrs. Virginia Seuffert
Controlling the Chaos: Managing Housework and Schoolwork

Having trouble balancing schoolwork, caring for babies, and housework? The key to getting it all done, while remaining serene and confident, is to simplify. Clutter-free rooms, regular household routines, an orderly curriculum, and straightforward discipline really work.

10:30am Mr. Dale Ahlquist
What is the Basis of Education?

Many parents who are investigating the possibility of homeschooling wonder how well their children will make the adjustment. This talk will offer a concrete look into that process and how you and your children can renew and refresh a real love of learning together.

11:30am- 1:00pm Vendor Sales/Lunch
1:00pm Dr. Catherine Moran
Overwhelmed, Unmotivated, Disobedient, or Just Plain Lazy?

Is your child struggling to learn, or avoiding it? Are there days when teaching your child turns into “who’s in control–me or my child?” We all want our children to be obedient and diligent, especially where their studies are concerned. learn some helpful tips on how to teach these virtues to your children.

2:00pm Capt. Guy Gruters
Surviving with God in a Communist POW Camp

Capt. Gruters was a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War and flew over 400 combat missions. He was shot down in 1967 and spent the next 5 years in POW camps, including the notorious “Hanoi Hilton.” In this talk, he relates the incredible experiences of his capture and shares a unique message of how his faith and hope sustained him.

3:00pm Dr. Kevin Vost From Atheism to Catholicism

Dr. Vost will highlight the enticing ideas of the atheistic philosophers and scientists who pulled him away from the Faith, and of the philosophers and scientists who brought him back to Christ. He will show how only the Church can answer our spiritual–an intellectual–yearnings.
4:00pm Conference Closes