Thursday, March 10, 2011

Save the Date: New England Catholic Homeschool Conference, June 25!

New England Catholic Homeschool Conference to be held June 25, 2011 in Chicopee, MA

The third annual New England Catholic Homeschool Conference will be held Saturday, June 25, 2011 at St. Stanislaus School in Chicopee, MA. Centered around the theme “Answering our Baptismal Call,” there will be several talks and vendors for homeschoolers and those thinking about homeschooling.

Christine Hebert, one of the primary organizers of the event, states “the conference is an opportunity for homeschoolers and those interested in homeschooling to take a day to be refreshed in their journey. The speakers we have this year are offering uplifting information in a variety of areas so that the needs of all will be addressed. This is the only Catholic Homeschooling Conference in New England. We invite people to come and share their faith and their homeschooling journey.”

Deacon Eugene McGuirk, Director of Academic Counseling for Seton Home Study School, will speak on “Why Should I Study That?– I’ll Never Use It Again!” His talk will explore why development of the whole person is important. Dr. Steve O’Brien, visiting lecturer at Bridgewater State University and online instructor with Regina Coeli online academy, will be joined by his wife, Katie O’Brien, homeschooling mother of four who also oversees the high school program at St. Thomas Aquinas School in West Warren, Massachusetts. They will be speaking on Retrieving Catholic History and infusing a sense of Catholic culture and history in students.

Other featured speakers include Sr. Christina Miriam Wegendt, FSP, Children’s Editor at Pauline Media, speaking on Media Mindfulness and Fr. Henry Dorsch, pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Parish, speaking on instilling a devotion to the Lord through Eucharistic Adoration. Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, Associate Editor with Catholic Exchange and homeschooling mother of two, will speak on incorporating art with other areas of the curriculum. She and Karen Ford, adjunct professor at Springfield Technical Community College and homeschooling mother of four, will also offer a workshop for new homeschoolers. 

Vendors scheduled to attend include Seton, Teaching Textbooks, HSLDA, Morning Star Catholic Books, Nancy Larson Science, and many more!

To find out more about the New England Catholic Homeschool Conference or to register, please visit or call 413-315-9999.

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