Tuesday, May 25, 2010

State Catholic homeschool conference to be held in Radcliff

State Catholic homeschool conference to be held in Radcliff



A local Catholic homeschool conference will be the first of its kind in Kentucky.

St. Benedict’s Homeschool Association in Hardin County is co-sponsoring the first Catholic
Homeschool Conference in Kentucky. It begins at 8 a.m. June 5 at St. Christopher Catholic Church in Radcliff.

The cost is $25 for individuals, $30 for couples, and an additional $7 to bring a teenager is.

The idea for the conference came from Anne Barrientos, a member of the homeschool association, and she enlisted member Julie Siscoe to help, Siscoe said. They had traveled out of state to other conferences, and wished for a local one.

“We need one here in our state too,” she said.

The conference will feature vendors of curricula and programs for homeschooling families to use, as well as speakers, including keynote speaker the Rev. Isaac Mary Relyea. Relyea is a Franciscan from Madison, Wis., who travels as a mission priest. Other speakers will discuss topics such as family finances, family life balance and how to choose a homeschool curriculum.

Siscoe said the conference is for families who are contemplating homeschooling their children, and those who currently are homeschooling and are looking for resources and support.

Siscoe and Barrientos hope for the conference to become an annual event, she said. Siscoe said she hopes it will encourage families to homeschool or to continue with it.

“It takes a lot sometimes,” Siscoe said, so families need support like this.

The conference will begin with a Tridentine Latin Mass, which is open to anyone, not just those attending the conference.

Registration forms can be found at www.kycatholichomeschooling.org/registration_form-Final.pdf, or by mail at SBHA, Kentucky Catholic Homeschooling, P.O. Box 86, Rineyville, Ky. 40162.

Kelly R. Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747.

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