Conferences 2014 End of Season

There are well over 30 Catholic homeschooling conferences in the United States and more curriculum fairs and information nights. Homeschooling Catholic comes out with two important conference listings each year. In September, as soon as conference season is over (the conference season goes from March through August), we will post a ranking of conferences by attendance. In January, we will post a listing in chronological order with dates, locations, and links. If you know of any updates we should make, just send us an email at hscatholic(AT)gmail.com

2014 Catholic Homeschooling Conferences

March

IHM Tennessee Homeschool and Parent Conference
March 14, 2014 (Friday)

Aquinas College
4210 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205

Unranked
in 2013

Western Canadian Catholic Home School Conference
March 14 & 15, 2014 (Friday & Saturday)

Providence Renewal Centre
3005 – 119 Street
Edmonton, AB, CANADA

Unranked
in 2013

IHM Long Island Homeschool and Parent Conference
March 21, 2014 (Friday)

Cure of Ars Roman Catholic Church
2323 Merrick Avenue
Merrick, NY 11566

First Year
Conference

Roman Catholic Home School Association of Louisiana Home School Conference
March 29, 2014 (Saturday)

St. Peter’s Catholic Church – St. Mary’s Hall
125 E. 19th Avenue
Covington, LA 70433

Unranked
in 2013

April

IHM Jacksonville Homeschool and Parent Conference
April 3, 2013 (Thursday)

Embassy Suites Jacksonville – Baymeadows
9300 Baymeadows Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32256

Unranked
in 2013

IHM Georgia Homeschool and Parent Conference
April 10 & 11, 2014 (Thursday & Friday)

Gwinnett Center
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway
Duluth, GA 30097

Unranked
in 2013

St. Louis Catholic Homeschool Conference
April 11 & 12, 2014 (Friday & Saturday)

Cardinal Rigali Center
20 Archbishop May Drive
St. Louis, MO 63119

Ranked

Numbers-12

in 2013

Arizona Catholic Homeschool Conference
April 11 & 12, 2014 (Friday & Saturday)

Diocesan Pastoral Center
400 E. Monroe St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

No Conference
in 2013

Eastern PA Catholic Homeschool Conference
April 12, 2014 (Saturday)

St. Stephen of Hungary Catholic Church
510 W Union St.
Allentown, PA 18101

First Year
Conference

IHM Houston Homeschool and Parent Conference
April 25 & 26, 2014 (Friday & Saturday)

University of St. Thomas – Jerabeck Athletic Center
3800 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006

Ranked

Numbers-8

in 2013

Northern California Catholic Homeschool Conference
April 25 & 26, 2014 (Friday & Saturday)

Our Lady of Peace Church & Shrine
2800 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95054

No Conference
in 2013

May

IHM Wisconsin Homeschool and Parent Conference
May 2, 2014 (Friday)

Waukesha County Expo Center – Arena
1000 Northview Rd.
Waukesha, WI 53188

First Year
Conference

Indianapolis Catholic Homeschool Conference and Curriculum Fair
May 3, 2014 (Saturday)

Holy Rosary Catholic Parish
520 Stevens St
Indianapolis, IN 46203

RankedNumbers-12in 2013

IHM Lafayette Homeschool and Parent Conference
May 9, 2014 (Friday)

Cajundome and Convention Center
444 Cajundome Blvd
Lafayette, LA 70506

Unranked
in 2013

IHM Maryland Homeschool and Parent Conference
May 16 & 17, 2014 (Friday & Saturday)

St. Michael Catholic Church
1125 St. Michael’s Road
Mt. Airy, MD 21771

Ranked

Numbers-6

in 2013

All Saints B.C. Home Education Conference
May 16, 17, & 18, 2014 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)

Vance Creek Hotel
148 Silver Lode Lane
Silver Star, BC V1B 3M1, CANADA

Unranked
in 2013

IHM Carolina Homeschool and Parent Conference
May 23 & 24, 2014 (Friday & Saturday)

Belmont Abbey College – Wheeler Center
100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Rd
Belmont, NC 28012

Ranked

Numbers-10

in 2013

CHAPLET Catholic Homeschool Conference
May 24, 2014 (Saturday)

Mater Ecclesiae Roman Catholic Church
261 Cross Keys Rd
Berlin, NJ 08009

Ranked

Numbers-19

in 2013

IHM Buffalo Homeschool and Parent Conference
May 30, 2014 (Friday)

Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
153 Franklin St.
Buffalo, NY 14202

Unranked
in 2013

Minnesota Catholic Home Education Conference and Curriculum Fair
May 30 & 31, 2014 (Friday & Saturday)

University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105

Ranked

in 2013

June

IHM Pittsburgh Homeschool and Parent Conference
June 6, 2014 (Friday)

DoubleTree Hotel Pittsburgh – Monroeville Convention Center
101 Mall Boulevard
Monroeville, PA 15146

Ranked

Numbers-19

in 2013

Kansas City Conference for Catholic Homeschoolers
June 6 & 7, 2014 (Friday & Saturday)

St. James Academy
24505 Prairie Star Pkwy
Lenexa, KS 66227

Ranked

Numbers-12

in 2013

San Antonio Catholic Homeschooling Conference
June 6 & 7, 2013 (Friday & Saturday)

Region 20 Education Service Center
642 West Ave
San Antonio, TX 78213

Ranked

Numbers-19

in 2013

Kentucky Catholic Homeschool Conference
June 6 & 7, 2014 (Friday & Saturday)

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
502 North Fifth Avenue
La Grange, KY 40031

Ranked

Numbers-12

in 2013

IHM Michigan Homeschool and Parent Conference
June 13 & 14, 2014 (Friday & Saturday)

Ss. Cyril & Methodius Church
41233 Ryan Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48314

Ranked

in 2013

The Immaculate Heart of Mary National Homeschool and Parent Conference
June 20 & 21, 2014 (Friday & Saturday)

Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center
2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Ranked

in 2013

IHM Dayton Homeschool and Parent Conference
June 27 & 28, 2014 (Friday & Saturday)

St. Peter’s Catholic Church
6161 Chambersburg Rd
Huber Heights, OH 45424

Ranked

Numbers-10

in 2013

Southern California Catholic Home Educators Conference
June 28, 2014 (Saturday)

St. John the Baptist Church
1015 Baker St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Ranked

Numbers-19

in 2013

July

IHM North Texas Homeschool and Parent Conference
July 11 & 12, 2014 (Friday & Saturday)

Arlington Convention Center
1200 Ballpark Way
Arlington, TX 76011

Ranked

in 2013

IHM Cleveland Homeschool and Parent Conference
July 11 & 12, 2014 (Friday & Saturday)

St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church – Keller Center
66 Adalbert St
Berea, OH 44017

Unranked
in 2013

Catholic Family Educators of Central Texas Convention
July 12, 2014 (Saturday)

St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church
128 W. Oltorf St.
Austin, TX 78704

Unranked
in 2013

IHM Tampa Homeschool and Parent Conference
July 17 & 18, 2014 (Thursday & Friday)

St. Lawrence Catholic Church – Higgins Hall
5225 N. Himes Ave
Tampa, FL 33614

Ranked

Numbers-7

 in 2013

Sacramento Catholic Family Homeschool Conference
July 18 & 19, 2014 (Friday & Saturday)

St. Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary School & Parish
3100 Norris Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95821

Ranked

Numbers-17

in 2013

IHM Chicago Homeschool and Parent Conference
July 25 & 26, 2014 (Friday & Saturday)

North Central College
440 South Brainard St
Naperville, IL 60540

Ranked

in 2013

August

IHM New York Homeschool and Parent Conference
August 1 & 2, 2014 (Friday & Saturday)

Mercy College
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

Ranked

Numbers-12

in 2013

IHM New England Homeschool and Parent Conference
August 8 & 9, 2013 (Friday & Saturday)

UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center
50 Warren St.
Lowell, MA 01852

Ranked

Numbers-17

in 2013

Rocky Mountain Catholic Home Educators Conference
TBA


The attendance figures used by Homeschooling Catholic are independently estimated and may not be identical with the official figures used by individual conference organizers. Unfortunately, different conferences often have different criteria for counting, and thus official figures are not always good for comparison. Homeschooling Catholic’s actual estimates are not posted in order to avoid any dispute with individual organizers. Our numbers only count persons 13 years of age and older.

Homeschooling Catholic only ranks the top 20 conferences.


Why attend a Catholic Homeschooling Conference?

The first question is what is a Catholic homeschooling conference? In general, it is a one day or two day event usually held at a Catholic parish or conference center at which there are speakers who encourage others and offer practical advice. These speakers are often a mixture of veteran homeschooling mothers, Catholic priests, and professional educators. In addition to the slate of speakers is a large area in which different Catholic curriculum providers, publishers, and retailers have tables displaying thousands of homeschooling books and products.

So… Why go to such an event? If you are new to Catholic homeschooling or are curious about it, a conference is simply an invaluable experience. Not only do speakers explain the basics of homeschooling and elaborate on some of the motivations behind doing it, and not only does examining the vendor materials allow you an unrivaled opportunity to look through the pages of actual homeschooling text books and lesson plans, but more importantly you get to see and meet numerous other Catholic homeschooling families. Homeschoolers are not Amish, they are not cult members, and they are not superheroes (at least not in the traditional sense), they are ordinary mothers and fathers just like you who care deeply about the welfare and education of their children and want to do what seems best for them. It is not uncommon to hear from new conference attendees that they are surprised how normal everyone is and how comfortable they feel at the conference, almost as if it were a spiritual retreat or a relaxed family gathering. It might sound silly, but getting a concrete experience with other homeschoolers can make a world of difference to a family deciding whether or not to homeschool.

Mrs. Colleen Billing speaking at the IHM National Conference

For veteran homeschoolers, the reason to come to a conference is often to be rejuvenated. Even if on an intellectual level you think homeschooling is the best, the fact is the homeschooling is often hard work, and having a once a year gathering where you can feel uplifted, encouraged, and feel connected with other homeschooling parents is often just what is needed to approach the new school year refreshed and eager. The opportunity to shop for curriculum with the physical books and lesson plans in your hand is just a categorically different experience then trying to shop online with only a few sample pages, sometimes depending on vague books descriptions to make very important choices about your child’s education.

In the end, the question really seems to be, why not go to a Catholic Homeschooling Conference? It can be difficult to keep these conferences going each year and many conferences are in need of volunteers, so if you are interested, you might think of contacting the coordinator for your local conference and asking how you can help!

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