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2015 CHAPLET Homeschool Conference

The 16th Annual CHAPLET Conference:
Saturday, April 25, 2015
at Mater Ecclessiae in Berlin, NJ

Our Featured Speakers:

Maureen Wittmann:
Be Not Afraid...To Homeschool

Margot Davidson:
Talking about Literature:
The Keystone of Home Education

Rev. James Bartoloma:
Homeschooling: Reflections, Observations
and Encouragement from a Canon Lawyer
and Diocesan Official

Kelly Mantoan:
When it All Seems Like Too Much:
Homeschooling through Difficult Circumstances

Get to know our Speakers …

Maureen Wittmann

Joining us for the third time, Maureen Wittmann and her husband Rob are parents to seven homeschooled children, ages 12 to 25. She brings to us not only her 20 years of experience but an excitement and love of homeschooling. Maureen is co-editor and contributing author to The Catholic Homeschool Companion [Sophia Institute Press] and A Catholic Homeschool Treasury [Ignatius Press]. She is also the author of For the Love of Literature: Teaching Core Subjects with Real Books [Ecce Homo Press]. Her articles have appeared in Our Sunday Visitor, Latin Mass, Catholic Digest, Catholic Faith, and more.

     Maureen is co-founder of Homeschool Connections which provides two services for Catholic homeschoolers. First, online courses for students and adults with Catholic college professors, religious, and working professionals. Second, free webinars for parents to help them in their vocation.

Margot Davidson

Margot Davidson is homeschooling mother of five and the owner of Hillside Education, a publishing company which was created in response to her passion for literature. She has a Masters in Children’s Literature and is a PA certified teacher for Elementary: Grades K-6, and Secondary English and Home Economics: Grades 7 -12. She is also a certified Montessori teacher and a catechist for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (a Montessori method of religious education).
     Margot is the author of several books on teaching Language Arts, a former columnist for Canticle magazine, and the former editor of Mater et Magistra magazine.

Fr Bartoloma

Rev. James Bartoloma Father Bartoloma grew up in Frankford Township in Sussex County, NJ. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Camden in 2003 and served in parishes in Cherry Hill and Glassboro before being sent to study Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
     After completing a licentiate in Canon Law, Father Bartoloma returned to the Diocese of Camden in 2011 where he served as Adjunct Judicial Vicar and then Vice-Chancellor. In 2014, Bishop Dennis Sullivan appointed him the Chancellor of the Diocese of Camden and the Director of the Office of Pastoral Planning. Father Bartoloma also serves as a judge on the diocesan tribunal, the director of the diocesan Marian Commission, and as a defender of the bond for the Tribunal of the Archdiocese for Military Services. He is in residence and ministers at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Lindenwold, NJ.

Kelly Mantoan

As our former conference chair and present audio-visual expert, Kelly Mantoan is a familiar face to many CHAPLET members. Most know Kelly as the cheerful mom of five who is always ready with a smile or a funny quip. But Kelly and her husband Tony are also the parents of two special little guys with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and homeschooling can often be a challenge for the clan Mantoan.
     Recently, Kelly has achieved a growing profile in the Catholic homeschooling world thanks to her tremendously entertaining blog, This Ain't the Lyceum. She has also put together a book entitled The Best Laid Plans: All the Chaos One Planner Can Handle -- a planner "designed to manage the chaos of your life and not make you feel guilty if things don't work out the way they're supposed to."  

Archive of Talks Online

Talks given by our guest speakers may be recorded
on video and made available on our website
following the conference.

For more information contact our Conference Leaders.