Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2014.


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This conference is co-hosted by
Aquinas College.

Aquinas College

4210 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205


Friday March 14th, 2014 @ 12:00pm to 8:00pm

This conference is for everyone, not just homeschooling families. All religious are especially welcome.

We had our very first conference in Nashville in 2013, and we are so happy to be returning! This year should be even better because are being joined by a new co-host, Aquinas College, well-known as one of the most faithful Catholic colleges. The Dominican sisters are graciously allowing us to hold our conference on their campus, which will only aid the conference experience by providing an authentically Catholic atmosphere. We are also growing the conference by expanding our times and the number of speakers we will be bringing in. Make sure you sign up to receive email updates about the conference by entering your name and email address in the form on the right-hand side of this webpage. We hope to see you there!

webphotoBishop David Choby was born in Nashville and baptized in the Cathedral of Incarnation where he was ordained a bishop. He attended Catholic schools growing up, graduating from Father Ryan High School in 1965.

After spending one year at Aquinas College in Nashville, he entered the seminary at St. Ambrose College. He also studied at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., before being ordained as a priest on Sept. 6, 1974 by Bishop Joseph A. Durick at St. Henry Church in Nashville.>

He has served a number of assignments in the Diocese of Nashville. He was associate pastor at St. Joseph Parish, Madison, administrator of St. Ann Parish, and spent three years in residence at Christ the King Parish while working at the diocesan tribunal. From 1989 until his ordination as bishop, he served as pastor of St. John Vianney Parish in Gallatin.

Bishop Choby holds a Canon Law degree from the Angelicum in Rome and has worked at the diocesan tribunal throughout most of his priesthood. He was on the faculty of The Pontifical College Josephinum, a seminary in Columbus, Ohio between 1984 and 1989. He currently serves on the seminary’s board. He has served two five-year terms on the diocese’s Presbyteral Council and College of Consultors.

Bishop Choby was elected as diocesan administrator for the Diocese of Nashville by the diocesan College of Consultors in 2004 after Bishop Kmiec, was installed as the Bishop of Buffalo. Bishop Choby was installed fourteen months later as the 11th bishop of Nashville on Feb. 27, 2006. He is only the second priest of the diocese’s 169-year history to be tapped as its bishop; the others have all come from outside the diocese.

(Bio and photo courtesy of the Diocese of Nashville website.)
Mr. Dale Ahlquist is the president of the American Chesterton Society, and has given talks on Chesterton that have delighted audiences around the country and around the world. Mr. Ahlquist has spoken at Yale, Columbia, NYU, Penn State, Villanova, the University of Georgia, the University of Tulsa, the University of Iowa, and many other colleges. He has given talks in England, Australia, Switzerland, and Canada.

Mr. Ahlquist is the author of G.K. Chesterton – The Apostle of Common Sense and Common Sense 101: Lessons from G.K. Chesterton. He is also creator and host of the popular “Apostle of Common Sense” television series on EWTN.
Amy2014adjustedwebMrs. Amy Kalscheur graduated from Marian College in 1995 with a BA in Elementary Education and Mild Disabilities. After teaching in public schools for 2 years, Amy and her husband, Michael, decided that when their son was ready for school, they would begin by homeschooling instead of the traditional route. Amy and Michael now have 8 children, all of whom have been homeschooled since birth.

Amy is the treasurer for Holy Family Home Educators, and has been chairwoman of the Indianapolis Catholic Home School Conference since 2007. In addition to teaching at her local homeschool co-op, she also puts on children’s special events for the Knights of Columbus. She has been her husband’s campaign manager for 3 campaigns. Amy and Michael are active in their parish’s sponsor couple program, Blue Knights and lead the Little Flowers.
kalscheurwpMr. Michael Kalscheur is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) with around 20 years of experience in personal planning and institutional consulting. His firm, Castle Wealth Advisors, is an independent financial planning firm in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Kalscheur’s planning covers all aspects of a family’s finances, including goal setting, budgeting, retirement planning, estate and tax planning and risk management. However, as a homeschooling father of eight, he has also become an expert on college planning. Mr. Kalscheur speaks nationally on financial topics for businesses as well as family finances for homeschoolers.

Mr. Kalscheur currently sits on the Perry Township Advisory Board in Indianapolis, and is very involved with the Indiana state and local GOP. Michael is also the Family program director of the local Knights of Columbus, and is an active member of the German American Klub where he and his wife, Amy, practice ballroom dancing every week.

IHM accepts vendors by invitation only; if you would like to be considered to be a vendor at the IHM Tennessee Conference, please send an email to our Vendor Coordinator at vendors(AT)
If you are interested in becoming a vendor for the first time, please review our Vendor Guidelines.

The following is a list of vendors for 2014 who have confirmed so far. For an idea of what to expect, click here for last year’s final vendor listing.

Vendor Name and Description Table Number and Hometown
American Chesterton Society

At the American Chesterton Society, we are doing everything we can to revive an interest in the most unjustly neglected writer of the 20th century. Our goal is to get Chesterton’s words not merely back into print, but back into the classroom and back into the public arena.
1 Table
Minneapolis, MN
Aquinas College

Aquinas College offers a dynamic academic experience in a welcoming and supportive Catholic environment. Guided by our outstanding faculty and the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, students can choose from programs in liberal arts, business, nursing, and education on our beautiful 83-acre campus in Nashville, Tennessee.
1 Table
Nashville, TN
Mrs. Amy Kalscheur 1 Table
Precious Life Missions

Precious Life Missions is an apostolate to provide Roman Catholic books to the Missions. We support this apostolate through the sale of Catholic Children’s books and books on the Faith for adults.
2 Tables
Lewisburg, TN
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, we are offering a $30 per child discount on enrollment (grades 1-12).
17 Tables
Front Royal, VA
Seton Used Books

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.
3 Tables
Front Royal, VA
Teaching Textbooks

Math curriculum specifically designed for homeschoolers. Math 3 through Pre-Calculus. Teaching Textbooks is an approved alternative math course for the Seton Home Study School program. Certain conditions apply; contact Seton high school counselor for details!
2 Tables
Oklahoma City, OK
The Catholic Shop

The Catholic Shop carries only the very best in orthodox books available today, and comes with Catholic videos, CD’s, religious jewelry, statues, and religious art. We also carry Catholic apparel in the way of t-shirts.
3 Tables
Cincinnati, OH
Usborne Books & MoreExplore new places, experiment & fall in love with new characters at Usborne Books & More. Many ways to save! Shop online thru Sunday, March 16th at to enter our giveaway for $50 in free books. Click on the IHM Conference-Nashville before filling your cart! Shop cash & carry at our Booth. Bonus buys available when you spend $40 (limited quantities.) Join us in reaching 1,000,000 kids in 2014 with your own Usborne/Kane Miller mobile bookstore! 25th Anniversary Business Builders Kit includes NEW 2014 Titles: $69 or $125 + Founder’s Five Favorites FREE! Order your kit online at by March 16th or with Elise at the Conference & get yourself ready for springtime business with a BONUS: $20 Vera Bradley Gift Card! 2 Tables

FRIDAY, March 14
Time Speaker Talk
12:00 Noon Registration/Vendor Area Opens
12:30pm Bishop David Choby
webphotoMessages for Homeschoolers

In a series of welcoming addresses, we will hear from Mr. Michael Kalscheur, Aquinas College, and Bishop David Choby. They will discuss the role of homeschooling in the family, in the community, and in the Church.
1:30pm Mrs. Amy Kalscheur
Mike and AmyConfessions of a Homeschooling Mom

Is it just me? Am I alone in this? In “Confessions of a Homeschooling Mom,” I open up and tell you about the real reason why I homeschool, the mistakes I’ve made, and the thing that irritates me the most. Through my personal witness, I hope that you can learn the lessons I’ve learned, and rest assured that you’re not alone out there.
2:30pm Mr. Dale Ahlquist
Dale AhlquistWhat 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.
3:30pm Mr. Michael Kalscheur
kalscheurwpPrincipal Dad: Dad’s Role in the Homeschooling Family

In most homeschooling families, Mom sets the calendar, picks the curriculum, and is the primary teacher, while Dad occasionally helps with some homework. However, Dad needs to take an active role with the homeschooling. This talk will focus on the very important supportive and complementary role that Dad needs to play.
4:30 – 6:00pm Vendor Sales/Dinner
6:00pm Mrs. Amy Kalscheur
Mike and AmyThere are Those Days

You’re a strong Catholic homeschooling mom, and you can do anything. But some days are better than others. Amy will tell about some of her not-so-great days and how she got through them, because even though homeschooling is a blessing, well, “There are those days….”
7:00pm Mr. Dale Ahlquist
Dale AhlquistG. 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.
8:00pm Conference Ends