|Friday, June 7th (12pm - 8pm)|
|Feast day of the Sacred Heart|
|Vendor Hall Open (12pm - 8pm)|
|Speakers/Workshops (1pm - 7pm)|
|Pizza for Sale (5pm)|
|Saturday, June 8th (7:30am-3pm)|
|Feast day of the Immaculate Heart|
|Vendor Hall Open (7:30am - 3pm)|
|Speakers (9am - 2:30pm)|
|Teen Track (9am - 2:30pm)|
* See SCHEDULE tab for individual speaker times.
Fideles! Catholic Homeschool Conference
PO BOX 22573
Louisville, KY 40252
|REGISTRATION & LODGING|
Great News! Early Bird registration rates and pre-order lunch options have been extended until Tuesday 5/28 at Midnight ! Don't delay register now! Teen spaces are running out!
Fideles! Catholic Homeschool Conference welcomes you.
Join other homeschool parents and teens as we create community, learn, and grow with each other along this homeschool journey. This year’s conference will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, at St. Louis Bertrand Church and is being hosted by the St. Thomas Aquinas Homeschool Group. We hope this conference serves families from a large area surrounding Louisville. Whether you’re a veteran homeschooler, just beginning the journey or in the thick of it, all are welcome.
Join us Friday for Dr. Greg Popcak Keynote Address, “Parenting with Grace”. For the advance ticket price of $20 you’ll also get to attend a 6pm talk on Courtship for Parents by Sr. Jane Dominic. At the same time your teens can attend “Colors of Spirituality” at 4pm with Brigadier General Rev. Patrick Dolan and a 6pm vocations workshop with representatives of the Archdiocese of Louisville. Pizza will be available for purchase in our snack bars and our vendor hall will be open to all ticket holders. This conference is for more than just homeschoolers, we welcome all interested parents and grandparents!
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION EXTENDED UNTIL MIDNIGHT 5/28! See the REGISTRATION tab.
The order form for the Conference Recordings CD is now available! See the REGISTRATION tab.
New schedule information added. See the SCHEDULE tab for details.
New vendors added to our Vendor Hall. See the VENDORS tab for details.
Dr. Gregory Popcak announced as Keynote Speaker!
Dr. Gregory Popcak is the Executive Director of the Pastoral Solutions Institute, an organization dedicated to helping Catholics find faith-filled solutions to tough marriage, family, and personal problems. The author of over a dozen popular books integrating solid Catholic theology and counseling psychology (including; For Better...FOREVER!, Holy Sex!, Parenting with Grace, Beyond the Birds and the Bees), Dr. Popcak is an expert on the practical applications of the Theology of the Body. Through the Pastoral Solutions Institute, he directs a group pastoral tele-counseling practice that provides ongoing pastoral psychotherapy services to Catholic couples, individuals and families around the world. Since 2001, he and his wife and co-author, Lisa Popcak, have hosted several nationally-syndicated, call-in radio advice programs including Heart, Mind and Strength (Ave Maria Radio), Fully Alive! (Sirius/XM-The Catholic Channel), and most recently, More2Life (Ave Maria Radio--Airing M-F, Noon-1pm Eastern). They have also hosted two for EWTN (For Better...FOREVER! & God Help Me!). Dr. Popcak's articles appear regularly in Catholic periodicals such as Catholic Digest, Family Foundations, and others. Dr. Greg Popcak and Lisa Popcak are sought after public speakers and trainers and have been honored to address audiences across North America, Australia, and Hong Kong. In addition to his ministry work, Dr. Popcak serves as an Adjunct Professor for both the sociology and graduate theology departments at Franciscan University of Steubenville where he teaches Christianity and Society and Pastoral and Spiritual Direction respectively. He also serves as Adjunct Faculty for the Harold Abel School of Behavioral Health at Capella University where he teaches Epistemology of Practice and Research, Mental Health and Aging, and Grief and Bereavement.
Maureen Wittmann is a popular homeschool conference speaker and Catholic mom of seven. Maureen is author of
Love of Literature and co-editor of A Catholic Homeschool Treasury as well as contributor to Our Sunday Visitor, Mater et Magistra, and many other Catholic periodicals. Maureen is also co-founder of Homeschool Connections, an online Catholic webinare and recorded class resource for homeschoolers.
received a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Bellarmine University. Coming from a home-schooled background that started in the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic homeschool group in Louisville, KY, he has taught middle school, high school, and college Latin in the US and Canada as well as for Memoria Press' Online Academy. He currently teaches Latin online and is the assistant director of the Classical Latin School Association.
Brigadier General Patrick J. Dolan
is a Kentucky National Guard Chaplain and was selected in 2010 to serve as the Army National Guard assistant to the Chief of Chaplains for the U.S. Army.
He becomes the first Roman Catholic priest to serve the Army National Guard in this capacity.
Dolan is responsible for developing programs and policy in dealing with the 2,800 members of the Army National Guard chaplains corps and the 365,200 Soldiers they serve.
Ordained a priest in May 1978, he was sworn into the United States Army as a chaplain in 1986. He later took the same duties with the Kentucky Army National Guard in 1992. Dolan has deployed four times to Iraq and has served on missions in Ecuador, Egypt, Germany, Korea, Kuwait, Panama and Saudi Arabia.
Dolan’s education includes a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Indiana University as well as a doctorate in theology from the School of Theology in Vatican City, Rome. He also attended Harvard as part of his studies in the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa.
Dolan resides at the St. Bernard Parish in Clementsville, Ky., located in Casey County. He serves there, at Sacred Heart Parish in Liberty, Ky., and the Hispanic community in three counties.
is the Director of the Angelicum Academy Great Books Program and of the Great Books Academy online Program. He has probably moderated more Great Books discussion groups (literally thousands now - since 2000 AD) than any living human! He speaks at educational conferences throughout the country and in Europe and serves on the boards of nonprofit educational and arts organizations. Steve was one of the pioneers of live-audio online Socratic discussion groups. A father of ten lovely children, Steve lives with his family in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State. He works with our students in 3rd grade through high school, and with our adult Great Books groups as well.
Dr. Mark Ginter
has been married to Diane for over 26 years. They have seven children, including two sets of twin boys. They have homeschooled since 2000. He is President (Head Coordinating Servant) of St. Joseph’s Holy Family, Inc., a non-profit apostolate operating within the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Headquartered in beautiful southern Indiana, their mission is the renewal of Catholic family life. Known to be articulate, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and reverent, Dr. Mark has spoken throughout the U.S. on Blessed John Paul II and the New Evangelization, the Holy Spirit, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Theology of the Body, Theology of Work and Rest, the Family as Domestic Church, Catholic Marriage, the 4 Pillars of Catechesis, the Creed, the Mass, Morality, and Prayer.
Fr. Andy Cravalho
was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and grew up in northern California for most of his life before graduating from Mother of Divine Grace homeschooling curriculum in 2001. He graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2005 with a B.A. in Journalism. After working as a sports journalist in California, Father Andy felt God’s call to the priesthood. He entered the Fathers of Mercy in 2006 and took first vows in August 2007. Fr. Andy was ordained to the priesthood on June 2, 2012 and had spent the last year serving four parishes in the Archdiocese of Louisville. Starting July 1st, Fr. Andy will be assigned to the Fathers of Mercy mission band, in which he will travel preaching parish missions and retreats.
Paul and Danielle Klinker
got married in 2005 and now have 4 daughters ranging in ages from 6 to 1. Paul is now a district sales manager for Cognex and Danielle stays home and homeschools her girls. They have been parishioners at St. Aloysius in Pewee Valley since 2007.
Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, O.P.
Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, O.P., is a member of the Saint Cecilia Congregation of Dominican Sisters of Nashville, Tennessee. She holds a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy, and is an Assistant Professor of Theology at Aquinas College in Nashville. Sister has been active in her community’s teaching apostolate for over fifteen years and assists with the theological formation of the newest members of her religious congregation. In addition to contributing articles to several Catholic journals and magazines, including L'Osservatore Romano, Sister has also appeared on EWTN, served as Spiritual Promoter for the Third Order Dominicans, and presented on topics related to theology, religious life, and marriage and family, speaking at various conferences, as well as to parenting groups, university students, religious women, priests, and seminarians. Among her audiences have been students of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, the North American College, Loyola Chicago, Vanderbilt University, Franciscan University of Steubenville, St. Mary’s College, and the University of Notre Dame.
Father James M. Sullivan, O.P.
serves as novice master for the Dominican Province of Saint Joseph at Saint Gertrude Priory in Cincinnati, Ohio.
lives in Louisville with his wife, Ashley, and son, Benedict. He currently teaches 5th grade at Highlands Latin School, but has also been working part-time at St. Louis Bertrand over the past year. In his spare time he enjoys going on walks with his family, watching all manner of sports, and playing video games.
will begin teaching philosophy, logic, and competitive debate in August at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy in Mooresboro, NC. After attending Berea College for 3 years, he spent two years in seminary as a Basselin Scholar at Theological College (part of CUA) in Washington, DC. Until he moves to NC, Gregory will continue his work in Berea College admissions. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kristen, and his dogs, Socrates and Lexi.
St. Louis Bertrand Church
1104 South Sixth Street
Louisville, KY 40203-3144
St. Louis Bertrand Church is an English Gothic church which was dedicated in 1873. St. Louis Bertrand is a Roman Catholic Parish in Old Louisville under the care of the Dominican Friars, Province of St. Joseph, and is home to the Shrine of Blessed Margaret of Castello. Please note, as you are attending the conference, visiting the church also with the intention of making a pilgrimage to the Shrine may have associated indulgences, provided one visits with the proper intentions and performs the proscribed devotions, typically sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion, and prayers for the intentions of our Pope.
St. Louis Bertrand Catholic Church is located near downtown Louisville west of I-65 just south of the intersection of W. St. Catherine Street and South 6th Street. If exiting from I-65, take the Broadway exit and travel west on Broadway. Broadway is a two-way street oriented east/west. Proceed to 6th Street (one-way south), then turn left to head south, through about 5 intersections, until you find the church on your right. Ample parking is available in the lot just past the church, also on your right.
St. Louis Bertrand Catholic Church is located near downtown Louisville. Exit I-64 onto Roy Wilkins Avenue (two-way street oriented north/south) headed south. Continue on Roy Wilkins Avenue, which becomes S. 9th Street past the intersection of Roy Wilkins Avenue with West Broadway just past the intersection of S. 9th Street and Cawthon St. Continue on S. 9th past its intersection with W. Breckinridge (one-way to go west) to W. Kentucky Street (one-way to go east) and turn left on W. Kentucky Street to head east. Drive past 8th and 7th streets and turn right (south) on S. 6th Street. St. Louis Bertrand Catholic Church will be within a few blocks on the right hand side of the street. Ample parking is available in the lot just past the church, also on your right.
Friday June 7, 2013
Saturday June 8, 2013
|1:00 PM|| |
|Bob Hunt||Thy Word Books: An Introduction to the Bible for People in the Pews [Workshop]|
|Mary Black||Freedom Project Education [Workshop]|
|2:00 PM|| |
|Paul Schaeffer||The Revival of True Catholic Education|
|Dr. Mark Ginter||St. Joseph’s Holy Family Inc - God’s Country [Workshop]|
|3:00 PM|| |
|Maureen Wittmann||Relax! You Too Can Homeschool|
|Steve Bertucci||Angelicum Academy – Classic Literature Based Education|
|4:00 PM|| |
|Dr. Gregory Popcak||Parenting with Grace: The Secrets of Raising (almost) Perfect Kids!|
|Sr. Clare & Sr. Deborah||Pauline Books and Media [Workshop]|
|Holly Walther||Simply Fun [Workshop]|
|Sr. Jane Dominic||Courtship: A Noble Love|
|Steve Bertucci||Angelicum Academy [Workshop]|
|Sr. Jane Dominic||Aquinas College [Workshop]|
|Elizabeth Matthews||Your Family’s Treasures|
|Dr. Mark Ginter||St. Joseph’s Family|
|10:30 AM|| |
|Sara Wolford||Michelle P – 7 Counties|
|Fr. Pat Dolan||Colors of Spirituality; How They Help You Teach|
(Fr. Dolan available until 1:30pm for personal questions)
|Fr. James Sullivan||The Year of Faith|
|Maureen Wittmann||For the Love of Literature|
Dr. Gregory Popcak - Parenting with Grace: The Secrets of Raising (almost) Perfect Kids!
A unique and eye-opening look at how the theology of the body applies to family life and parenting. Drawing from insights of the TOB, we empower parents to raise authentically loving, responsible, faithful, moral kids and offer practical tips for overcoming common problems.
Mr. Paul Schaeffer - The Revival of True Catholic Education
Mr. Schaeffer will discuss why studying Latin and the Classics is important in the modern age, incorporating aspects of the liturgy and Catholic heritage.
Maureen Wittmann - Relax: You Too Can Homeschool
This is an encouraging as well as practical talk for new and wannabe homeschoolers. How to get started. How to avoid burnout. And even how to have some fun! It is Maureen's firm belief that any parent committed to homeschooling who actively seeks out God's will, can do it!
Maureen Wittmann - For the Love of Literature
Literature isn’t just for reading! You can teach math, science, language arts, and more using living books. This always a fun talk! Maureen brings lots of examples with her for ‘show and tell’. Maureen’s book For the Love of Literature [Behold Publications] explores this topic in depth and includes an extensive book list for Catholic homeschoolers.
Fr. James M. Sullivan - Year of Faith: Faith in the Domestic Church
How does faith begin in the life of each believer? What does faith do? How is it nourished? How can it be strengthened? The family plays an irreplaceable role in the growth of faith. Together we'll look more closely at faith and family, and why each needs the other.
Fr. Patrick Dolan - The Colors of Spirituality
The Colors of Spirituality portrays various spiritual styles and helps people identify which one is the most natural way for them to connect with God: the sensory, rational, doctrinal, Scripture-driven, sharing, ascetic, enthusiastic, mystical, or sacramental style. Based on this fundamental discovery, this talk outlines a growth path resulting in passion, balance, and maturity. Fr. Dolan will teach us to connect this understanding to use in ways that will enrich the homeschooling experience.
Sr. Jane Dominic - Courtship: A Noble Love
Courtship is a lost art that young Catholic men and women are learning and reviving, keeping the Lord at the center of their relationships. The life of virtue and emotional sobriety are absolutely essential in this pursuit. Parents can help guide their young adults to prepare for this beautiful period of their lives.
We are pleased to be able to offer recordings on most of our talks again this year. Head over to the REGISTRATION tab for more info and to preorder.
NOTE : Vendor registration has closed. Please contact Cathy Mattingly at firstname.lastname@example.org
to be placed on our waiting list or to sponsor our guest bag.
Friday teen talks are open to any teen (13 and older) with a paid parent, no additional cost for your teens; however space is limited. All families are invited to purchase conference (Registration Tab) tickets and attend our keynote speaker while the teens follow the schedule below.
Friday June 7, 2013
|4:00 PM||Brig. Gen. Fr. Patrick Dolan||Colors of Spirituality|
|4:45 PM||Pizza for purchase $1.00 per slice||$0.50 per drink|
|5:30-7:00 PM||Carrie Williamson and Religious Orders||Vocations Talk for Teens: Breakout for girls and boys|
Saturday’s Teen Track is designed specifically for homeschoolers. Please register your homeschooled teen for the advance price of $5.00 by May 25, 2013, from the Registration Tab.
Saturday June 8, 2013
|9 AM||Rob Lewis||Evolution: Color Me Pink|
|10:00 AM||Fr. Andy Cravalho||Prayer Life|
|10:50 AM||BREAK (Snacks available for purchase at Teen Kitchen)|
|11:10 AM||Dr. Mark Ginter||New Age/Modern Heresies|
|12 PM||BREAK (Vendor Hall open)|
|1:00 PM||Danielle and Paul Klinker||Cardinal Virtues, Cardinal Friendships: Hanging Out Together [Ages 13-15]|
|1:00 PM||Sr. Jane Dominic||The Voices of the World and the Voice of Christ. [Ages 16+]|
Fr. Patrick Dolan - The Colors of Spirituality [Teen Talk]
The Colors of Spirituality portrays various spiritual styles and helps people identify which one is the most natural way for them to connect with God. Fr. Dolan will help teens understand their own path to spiritual growth.
Fr. Andy Cravalho - Prayer Life [Teen Track]
Fr. Andy will talk about how prayer doesn't have to be as hard as a final exam. Catholic teens can build a strong prayer life by implementing simple steps to focus closely on our relationship with Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.
Dr. Mark Ginter - New Age/Modern Heresies [Teen Track]
In the fifty years since Vatican Council II, heresies abound among Catholics, even though the Council chose not to use this exact word. This presentation focuses upon the prevailing moral heresy of presumption and some of its subsidiary errors, such as relativism.
Rob Lewis - Evolution: Color Me Pink
To borrow an illustration from G.K. Chesterton, if we thought of creation as white and evolution as red, Catholicism seems to take a 'pink' (or 'magenta', if you like) view of the issue. That is, Catholicism is able to examine the theory of evolution and accept what may be true in it, while pointing out what may be false and what must be false. In this talk we'll look at what a Catholic must believe regarding the origin of creation and man, what he may accept from the theory of evolution, and what he must reject. More importantly, drawing from luminaries such as St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Pope Benedict XVI, we'll examine what we mean when we use terms like creation and evolution, and discover that these two concepts ultimately answer different questions about the origin of man. Finally, we will differentiate the ideas of intelligent design and Intelligent Design, and how such concepts fit into evolution.
Danielle and Paul Klinker - Cardinal Virtues, Cardinal Friendships: Hanging Out Together
The word "cardinal" originates from the Latin word "cardo," meaning "hinge." Just as a door hangs on its hinges, all virtues, and in turn all virtuous friendships, hang on the four cardinal virtues: prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance. Come and learn how to foster pure and holy friendships by practicing the cardinal virtues... and how to prevent those hinges from rusting!
Sr. Jane Dominic - The Voices of the World and the Voice of Christ
There are so many confusing voices in the world today. How can we stay focused on Christ and yet still find and enjoy the love and the life He wants for us?
We are pleased to be able to offer recordings on most of our talks again this year. Head over to the REGISTRATION tab for more info and to preorder.
Registration fees are non-refundable and cover both days or partial-day attendance.
To register now online via WePay secure checkout, click the button below.
To register via the mail, download the registration form using the button below. Complete the form and mail it with payment to the address indicated.
LaQuinta Inn & Suites Airport
4125 Preston Hwy
Louisville, Kentucky 40213
$69+tax per night
Rooms are blocked for date range 6/7-6/9 under Kentucky Catholic Homeschool Conference.
Rooms must be reserved by MAY 7th.
Contact Becky Armstrong at KyCathHSing@yahoo.com or 502.592.2005 if you have any problems acquiring the above accommodations.
To pre-order conference recordings on CD, download the order form using the button below.
Sarah Walford of Seven Counties Services, will be speaking about the
Michelle P. Waiver program, a home and community-based waiver program within
the Kentucky Medicaid program, that allows individuals to remain in their
homes with services and supports.
is the mother of 12 children and a veteran of 15 years of homeschooling. She is the author of Precious Treasure, the Story of Patrick and A Place for Me. Mrs. Matthews is a contributing author to the Amazing Grace series and has spoken at homeschool conferences in Washington, DC and across the Midwest. She has appeared numerous times on national television and radio including EWTN’s “Life on the Rock,” “Living the Abundant Life,” and “Book Talk.” Mrs. Matthews has led numerous Bible studies for parishes, has worked as a youth minister, and speaks often for women’s groups, schools, and parishes across the country. She has been married to her husband Mark for nearly 28 years and lives in Westfield, Indiana.
The Children of Blessed Margaret Castello is a support group for Catholic homeschool families of children who are mentally and physically challenged, including Down Syndrome, ADHD, Autism, and Dyslexia.
Our mission is to equip parents with resource listings and peer support through yahoo groups, in order that they not feel isolated in their situation.
For additional information and resources download our informational brochure below.