Here we have archived the speakers, vendors, and schedule for 2017.


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Thursday, April 6th, 2017
12:00pm to 6:00pm


Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
5311 South Howell Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53207

Fr. Richard Simon

Fr. Richard Simon was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1975. Since 1982, he has taught Classical Greek and Latin at St. Joseph’s College, the Archdiocesan seminary. Currently, Father Simon is the pastor of St. Lambert parish…

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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

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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

The Culture of Life Studies Program is an academic program that uses educational supplements to teach the gospel of life in every subject and in every grade. Our mission is to equip parents and teachers with the tools they need to educate students abot the respect for every human being’s life through authentic Catholic social teaching and biblical principles.

Discovery Toys

Discovery Toys is a lifetime guarantee, educational toy company featuring safe, layer of learning, imagination driven toys, books, games and cd’s for children of all ages and abilities. We are seeking enthusiastic people to earn extra money while playing with the toys and sharing them with others. Please contact Judy.

Fr. Richard Simon

Holy Family Resources

We are a family owned and operated apostolate with over 20 years experience dedicated to education and evangelization, and known for our large selection of wholesome and orthodox books, CDs, and DVDs for all ages. Materials focus on family life, prayer, spirituality, and Church Teaching. Take advantage of the CLEARANCE TABLES and enjoy used curriculum books, $1.00 CDs and savings up to 60% off!!!

Homeschool Connections

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.

Immaculate Heart Catholic Gifts and Books, LLC

Publisher of “In the Footsteps of the Saints” series. We carry a large assortment of used books. Also a variety of religious art, Catholic items – prayer books, rosaries, prints, and much more.

Mary’s Books

Publisher of “In the Footsteps of the Saints” series. We carry a large assortment of used books. Also a variety of religious art, Catholic items – prayer books, rosaries, prints, and much more.

Northeast Catholic College

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.

Rolling Acres School

The curriculum provider for R.A.S. Online Academy and Schola Rosa: Co-op & Home Curriculum. R.A.S. Online Academy (7th – 12th Grade) fosters Catholic identity through a liberal arts and great books inspired classical curriculum. Schola Rosa provides a robustly Catholic, classical curriculum for Pre K – 12th Grade at an affordable family rate.

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).

St. Jerome Homeschool Library & Bookstore

Since 2014, St. Jerome Homeschool Library & Bookstore, a 501c3 nonprofit, has been offering Catholic homeschooling families affordable options. SJHLB offers 10-month rentals of commonly used textbooks, with option to purchase. We also sell new, discounted items used by many homeschool curriculums, especially Our Lady of Victory School, beautiful stationery products, and books by local Catholic authors. Also, we are always grateful for new or used textbook donations. Bring them to the conference, and we can give you a donation receipt for tax purposes. Praised be Jesus & Mary!

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.

Usborne Books and More

Usborne Books and More provides engaging educational material. Stop by our vendor tables for some homeschool exclusive discounts on the books kids love to read.

Thursday, April 6

12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens

12:45pm – 1:30pm

Homeschool Socialization: Debunking the Myth

Mary Ellen Barrett

A light-hearted but factual look at the real way that homeschooling properly socializes children to function as well-rounded, moral adults. Mrs. Barrett offers encouragement and advice about how socialization really works in the Catholic homeschool.

2:00pm – 2:45pm

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?


3:15pm – 4:00pm

A New Kind of Monastery in a Dying World

Fr. Richard Simon

This talk covers how the homeschool movement is not unlike the monastic movement that saved a culture in its death throes. Learn how Catholic education within the home can inspire faith and virtue in our children.

4:30pm – 5:15pm

Creating an Atmosphere of Love and Learning in the Home

Mary Ellen Barrett

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.


6:00pm – Conference Ends