Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2016.
Thursday July 7th, 2016
12:00pm to 6:00pm
Friday July 8th, 2016
9:30am to 3:30pm
St. Lawrence Catholic Church
5225 N. Himes Ave.
Tampa, FL 33614
Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett
Mrs. Mary Ellen Barrett is a mother of eight children and wife to David. She is a lifelong New Yorker and an active member of her parish Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lindenhurst, New York. Mary Ellen is a columnist for The Long Island Catholic and chronicles the journey of living a faithful, but imperfect, Catholic family life on her weblog, Tales from the Bonny Blue House...
Dr. Bill Thierfelder
Dr. Bill Thierfelder is currently President of Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic Benedictine institution founded in 1876, located 10 miles west of Charlotte, NC. Prior to his appointment as President of Belmont Abbey College, Dr. Thierfelder successfully lead and transitioned fitness legend, York Barbell Company, from a manufacturer to a solutions-based partner providing sales, marketing, product development...
Fr. Jeffrey Kirby
Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, STL was ordained into the priesthood on July 27th, 2007. He received his Masters in Bioethics from Queen of the Apostles in Rome, and his Masters of Arts in Philosophy from Franciscan University where he graduated summa cum laude. He served as the Vicar of Vocations for the Diocese of Charleston...
Mr. Ken Davison
Mr. Kenneth Davison was a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He was a Rhodes Scholar and earned a Master of Arts from Oxford University and a Master in Theological Studies from Ave Maria University.....
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. Krista Thomas
Mrs. Krista Thomas is the devoted wife of Sean for 20 years, mother of three, veteran homeschooling mother, and Catholic convert. Together, they began the homeschooling venture to create a more authentic domestic church within their home. Krista has gleaned much practical experience over the years...
At Belmont Abbey, you will find a campus that is physically beautiful, an atmosphere that is friendly, and classes that will stimulate your mind, cultivate your spirit, and gladden your heart. At the Abbey, your classes will be small. Your professors will know you by name. You will get to know your classmates well and they will get to know you. You become part of the Catholic intellectual tradition that founded the world’s first universities and that continues to animate many of them today. You also partake of the Benedictine tradition of learning and holiness that has been a light to individuals and to nations for 1,500 years.
Catholic Schoolhouse is designed to help homeschool families enrich their educational experience through a flexible approach to learning inspired by classical elements. Using the Catholic Schoolhouse materials or joining a local CSH chapter can help bring structure and cohesiveness to your entire homeschool experience and will bless your family.
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.
EWTN, the world's largest religious media network, airs family and religious programming from a Catholic viewpoint through television, radio, and the internet. EWTN offers talk shows, children's animation, live coverage of church events, and documentaries, all consistent with the Magisterium, and in English and Spanish. EWTN also publishes the National Catholic Register bi-weekly.
Holy Heroes provides materials and free online “Adventures” to help you bring "the joy of the Faith to your family." You may have heard of their Glory Stories saint story audio CDs which have been broadcast on Catholic Radio or perhaps your family was one of the 40,000 families who participated in one of their free online "Adventures" – Advent Adventure or Lenten Adventure, or last year’s new “Spiritual Adoption – Prayer Adventure.”
Homeschool Connections is a Catholic online curriculum provider, bringing the best Catholic instructors to you from around the world. Answering Blessed John Paul II’s call to the New Evangelization, Homeschool Connections uses the latest technology to give you live, interactive classes; independent-learning classes; free webinars for Catholic parents; and the Catholic History Video Project.
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.
John Paul Too Catholic Books and Gifts offers a large selection of childrens books that are all Catholic. We also carry Catholic parenting books, bibles, holy cards, rosaries, prayer books, first communion and confirmation items.
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!
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.
Portico Ministries is a non-profit organization in support of Catholic evangelization. Its mission is to be a strong voice within the New Evangelization, using all forms of media and methods of communication to help fulfill the mandate of the Lord Jesus Christ: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” (Mt. 18:19).
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).
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.
Thursday, July 7
12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:30pm – 1:15pm
5 Simple Steps to Improve Your Prayer Life
We all know that we are supposed to pray, and many of us want to pray. Oftentimes, we try and then things come up and our prayer life slips away. This workshop provides practical steps on how to pray (and keep praying). It gives a theology from the trenches and is aimed to help us all become better people of prayer.
1:45pm – 2:30pm
Creating an Atmosphere of Love and Learning in the Home
An atmosphere of love, learning, and levity can change the whole game in your homeschool. Mary Ellen will share tips on how to create an atmosphere that encourages discipline, enjoyment, love of faith and family, in which the children will come to love learning.
2:45pm – 3:30pm
“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!
4:00pm – 4:45pm
Ten Tips from the Parents of Saints
What do the saints themselves say about their parents? What influenced them on their paths to sanctity? And what do the parents of future saints teach us about raising “Holy Heroes” in our own families today?
5:00pm – 5:45pm
Mercy and the Drama of Salvation
This talk describes the story of salvation history from the perspective of God’s mercy. The covenant and the drama of humanity’s relationship with God throughout time is described within the scope and passion of God’s goodness and mercy.
6:00pm – Day Ends
Friday, July 8
9:30am – Registration
10:00am – 10:45am
The Catholic Vision and Practice of Sports
Learn why play and sport are essential to who you are as a person. Listen to fascinating stories about incredible athletes who exhibited virtue under the most difficult circumstances. Learn the secrets to world-class performance and how your mental, physical, and spiritual gifts can be doubled so that in all things God may be glorified.
11:00am – 11:45am
How to Be a Homeschool Supermom
What does it take to be a Homeschool Supermom? Superpowers, of course–and every homeschool mom is equipped with superpowers to provide an incredibly satisfying Catholic homeschool experience that saves souls! Homeschool dads can have the same powers too.
12:00pm – Vendor Sales/Lunch Break
1:30pm – 1:50pm
Being Present: Creating the Best Homeschool Experience
Bring greater joy and success to your homeschool by living, loving, working, playing, and praying in the present moment. Find out why distractions and expectations often lead to discontent and poor performance and what you can do to overcome them. Learn the secret to peace and happiness that will double your talents as a teacher or student.
2:00pm – 2:20pm
Marriage and Homeschooling: A Balancing Act
Based on lessons learned after years of teaching multiple children, organizing family activities, managing home and business, and the ups and downs of marital bliss, this talk will give you sound advice for getting through the tough times. Find out how to make your marriage stronger while making your homeschooling adventure a success.
2:30pm – 3:15pm
Homeschooling in the Hard Times
Having homeschooled through the loss of her oldest child, the death of her mom, unemployment, and a health crisis for her husband, Mary Ellen Barrett has a unique perspective on keeping the homeschool fires burning during the worst of times. Learn some ways to cope with school at the foot of the cross.