We're so happy to have Dr. Scott Sullivan presenting at our conference this year. Dr. Sullivan is a homeschooling father of 8 and holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. He's also the founder of Classical Theist Productions, a company devoted to teaching the Catholic intellectual tradition and making it accessible through modern technologies.
Dr. Sullivan recently spoke at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church in Bloomington, MN. We asked John Stute, director of youth faith formation, for his impressions of Dr. Sullivan's presentations.
"I have been involved with youth ministry for most of my life and have been working as a professional youth minister for almost 5 years. Regarding my education, I have a master's degree in theology from the Augustine Institute and I am currently working towards an MA and PhD in philosophy through Holy Apostles College and Seminary.
One of my chief concerns in working with youth is their ability to explain and defend the faith in a way that is clear, reasonable, and can stand up to scrutiny. I have scoured the world of Catholic apologetics for a resource which is deep, insightful, and engaging. Sadly, this has been a largely unsuccessful endeavor-- until I discovered the work of Dr. Scott M. Sullivan.
Dr. Sullivan has a passion for preparing teens to withstand the onslaught of secularist ideologies present in our world today--especially on college campuses. He has a variety of programs ranging from logic, philosophy of God, and apologetics. His material is very clear, engaging, and deep. I recently invited him to be the headline speaker at an apologetics conference at the parish I work for. Both students and parents had rave reviews about Dr. Sullivan for being able to explain the faith clearly and deeply in a way that is meaningful and engaging. He has years of experience homeschooling his eight children and can speak effectively to a variety of audiences.
I whole-heartedly recommend Dr. Sullivan and I know that he is working on projects which will be able to help renew the Catholic intellectual tradition in our teens which will be a part of the salvation of our culture.
John Stute, M.A."
The Virtues Campus is an educational Christian ministry whose purpose is to equip churches across the nation to double up as college classrooms Monday - Friday and to offer students a faith-integrated affordable college education. Students enroll in online college courses while meeting on campus to learn, grow, and serve together. Each campus is led by a trained academic pastor who provides oversight, teaching, and guidance.
THE VIRTUES CAMPUS integrates education, character and service by:
It's great to have new vendors each year, and the name of this one certainly caught our attention!
Fundanoodle is an education readiness program offering a variety of products created by pediatric occupational therapists and elementary school teachers. These high-quality products are designed to develop and improve the motor skills needed for success both in and out of the classroom. These products are designed to work for Little Learners of every ability, and offer activities for children of varying skill levels.
Fundanoodle sells products that were created to help children improve their gross and fine motor skills and combat the negative impacts of too much screen time and too little active play. I sell a wide variety of fun products from paper-only scissors that are GREAT for teaching children to cut without fear at an early age, to our Muscle Mover cards which promote physical activity, to math activity books, to our highly popular I Can Pound! kit which helps children improve their grip and pattern recognition by creating designs using colored pegs and a weighted hammer. All of our products disguise learning under a layer of pure fun.
Sr. Anne is a little piece of Heaven on earth. She is tough enough to have survived growing up with six brothers yet patient and gentle enough to nurture young children in various parts of the world. Even though she has the perfect spouse and the children in her care have never been her own, she understands what moms and homeschoolers go through each day. She has worked with many families and she offers great insight to our daily struggles. It has been a privilege to spend time with the sisters of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity but it was Sr. Anne Marie’s article comparing the mission of homeschoolers to the early monastic development that really drew me in. In making the comparison, the says “this kind of education involved heart, mind and soul and fulfills its purpose by forming children to Christ…” and she calls our home schools “little domestic monasteries.” My home rarely, if ever feels like a “domestic monastery,” but in reading that article, I couldn’t argue with a single aspect.
Sr. Anne’s words are always insightful, whether she is comparing the football to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass or explaining a fundamental teaching of the Church. Her experience helping families realize the evils that lurk right around the corner every day not only reinforces the reason many of us have chosen to homeschool but helps us to find ways to stomp out some of those evils we can’t seem to get away from when we leave the walls of our homes. Not only will her words help you find ways to heal whatever needs healing in your family but I have no doubt her deepest desire is for all children to know they are blessed and loved and to become “little Christs.” She lives her vocation beautifully and, as SOLT members are active in their communities, she is in-tune to and responds faithfully to our everyday joys and struggles.
Sister will be speaking on:
Destiny and the Blessing of Fathers - Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Monasticism, Homeschooling and the One Thing Necessary - Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
We're excited to welcome Jim Weiss back to the Conference in 2017! The last time he was with us was 2011, so we're looking at this as a great opportunity to to be re-inspired by this master storyteller and add to our collection of his audios!
Gary Zimak, this year's keynote speaker, is a regular personality on Catholic TV and radio, an author, homeschooling dad, and revert to the Church. Hear about his journey back to the Church on this episode of The Journey Home.
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Gary's Conference Presentations:
“Be Not Afraid” (To Homeschool)!
Homeschooling…Taking The Plunge!
Am I Doing Enough?