Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Resource Center

The L.P.H. Resource Center was started in 1992, when it was decided that it would be good to have a place where local homeschoolers who were Catholic could get together with other Catholic homeschoolers and have some fun together and also learn some subjects which can be difficult for parents to teach (I was the teacher).

I have been teaching children from homeschooling or parent-run schools since 1979 (even before it was popular), and I have a degree in Elementary Education from West Chester University. There are often subjects which parents would rather not have to teach, and it's not a bad idea to have a different teacher for kids once in a while just for variety. So that's what I would do.

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One of the homeschooling mothers whose children I had been tutoring had the idea of getting together for me to teach more kids at the same time. She got the word out and got families to sign up, and I arranged all the classes.

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She went to a Byzantine church in Pottstown, where they had an unused classroom, that he gave permission for us to use. In September of 1992, the LPH (Our Lady of Perpetual Help) Resource Center started. I picked the name because I wanted to choose an icon (for the Eastern Rite church) that was just as familiar to Western Rite Catholics. The "Resource Center" part of the name was suggested by a lawyer.

All the classes I taught there were designed for a wide range of Elementary School ages all at the same time, subjects which aren't grade-specific. Some of the things I could teach in that way are history, geography, science, art, poetry, music, and folk dancing.

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It went well for a year, and then faded out because of disagreements among the various families involved (I can go into more detail about that in private email if anyone is interested).

In 1994, I started organizing the courses I had been teaching into textbooks. There weren't any publishers making current textbooks for Catholics in most subjects back in those days.

Those printed text books never sold well enough to be successful, so I no longer make them.

In the spring of 1998 I moved the textbooks on-line, and taught them over the internet, to a small number of students (7 families).

That was when it really started taking off, and has continued to grow and become more and more successful ever since!


LPH Resource Center in Pottstown

I wrote an article about our FOLK-DANCING class at the Resource Center, which was published in the Country Dance and Song Society News. You can read it here!

You can also see pictures from the performance of dances we had at the end of the year.

Here is a photo album of PICTURES from the L.P.H. Resource Center.

(Re-done 5/23/09)
You can click on the pictures to see them larger.

One of our activities that first year was the "SAINTS BOOK".

Every morning two or three kids would get up in front of the group and tell a story about a saint. I taped their stories, and put them together into a little book at the end of the year, which can be found here.

LPH Resource Center On-Line

Go to the on-line classes web page if you're interested in classes for Catholic homeschoolers being taught over the internet.

The next year of classes will be starting the week of September 14, 2011.

You can hear the Musical Compositions here from the LPH Music class.

You can write to me at if you have any questions about the L.P.H. Resource Center.

Some Catholic Homeschoolers' Web Pages

Here are some Catholic homeschooling families who would like to be in touch with other homeschoolers:

If you have any trouble using the links below to send e-mail, write to me at

Karen Jaworski in Havensville, Kansas, has been homeschooling for about 15 years though not consistently, and came into the Traditional Faith 14 years ago.
8 children, 4 at home:

Click here to send her e-mail.

Barbara Hopkins in Danielsville, Georgia, has started homeschooling her 10th-grade son:

Click here to send her e-mail.

David & Kathy Wagner in Clarissa, Minnesota, have 11 children with 7 living at home. Three adult daughters are married and one adult son is working/living away from home.
  • Laura ’94
  • Anthony ’96
  • Lucy ’99
  • Paul ’01
  • Olivia ’03
  • Isaiah ’05
  • Clara ’07
not at home:
  • Sarah ’84 married with 4 children – Evan ’04, Kathryn ’06, Jackson ’07, & Levi ’09
  • Patricia ’85 married
  • Renae ’87 married
  • Kyle ’90 single
Laura, Anthony, Lucy, Paul, and Olivia would all enjoy a pen pal.

Click here to send e-mail.

The Savel Family in Cleveland, Ohio, have been married since 1993 and began homeschooling in 2005. They have 2 children:

Click here to send her e-mail.

Clare McClean in Porirua, New Zealand, and her husband Ian have homeschooled their daughter, Maria (born ’95), from the start. Two older children are married. They have 3 grandchildren and another due in early ’09.

Click here to send her e-mail.

Tammy Hager & her husband Bryan Sr in Corpus Christi, Texas, have 4 children

and are looking for a Catholic curriculum for '08/'09 school year. Myranda is looking forward to the online courses offered here.

Click here to send her e-mail.

Rick & Wendy Tanis in Silverwood, Michigan: "We have been homeschooling for over 12 years. None of the children have been to a conventional school. :)
We participate in many different online classes. We have 5 children and live on a small farm in Michigan's "Thumb" area. We were so glad to find LPH classes so the younger ones can have some good Catholic classes to be a part of."

Mallory is the only one taking classes right now but we hope to get a couple of the others in next time too.

Click here to send e-mail.

John & Yvonne Rangel, San Angelo, Texas, are mixed family of 11 children and have been homeschooling for about 7 years.

Click here to send e-mail.

Elizabeth in Florida is trying to find families who have used or are using Kolbe Academy's High School Program, and would like to know how you and your student like it or dislike it (particularly interested on how you like the History & Literature courses as they are listed in the catalog for 9th-12th, following their lesson plan).

Click here to send e-mail.

Tony Barone in Kennesaw, Georgia, has 5 children and has been homeschooling for over a decade. He has a novel for sale at www.chroniclesofxan.com

Click here to send e-mail.

Katy Kadonoff in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, is just beginning. They're planning a Montessori/Classical curriculum and would love to meet other homeschoolers.

They have 1 child:

Click here to send e-mail.

Robin & Jim Lutz in New Albany, Pennsylvania have 2 children:

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Peter and Maria Doig from Goomboorian, Queensland, Australia have eight children:

They have been homeschooling for about a decade. Their eldest two are now at university.

Click here to send e-mail.

Pam Schuttloffel in Cedar Rapids, Iowa has 5 children and one on the way:

They are currently a retailer for The Catholic Company on the web

Click here to send e-mail.

Joann Estis in Andalusia, Alabama.

"Hi! We are the Estis family. We live in south central Alabama. There are not many Catholics here – yet. Our pastor says Alabama is 95% potential Catholics."

They have 7 children:

They live in the country and grow vegetables organically. They also raise free-range organic chickens. They hope to get some more land cleared and raise dairy cows, beef cows and dairy goats. Their farm is called Blue Barn Natural Foods. The barn is really blue – Blessed Mother blue and trimmed in Sacred Heart red. Her children have enjoyed the LPH classes.

Click here to send e-mail.

Heidi and Doug James in Hughesville, Pennsylvania, have 3 children:

Click here to send e-mail.

The Dixon's in Summit Point, West Virginia, have 2 children:

Click here to send e-mail.

Jennifer Swinney in Kosciusko, Mississippi.

Click here to send e-mail.

Georgette in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania is homeschooling 2 children:

Click here to send e-mail.

Mrs. Jae King in Pottstown, Pennsylvania belongs to St. Al's and is homeschooling 1st Grade and pre-school, and would love to meet other Catholic Homeschoolers.

Click here to send e-mail.

Joanna and Juraj Klepac in Farmington, New Mexico, have five adopted children of various races and have been homeschooling all of them for two years. Two of them were homeschooled for three years. They use Seton and other things.

Click here to send e-mail.

Kathleen in North Beach, Maryland, has been homeschooling for 10 years. They use a mixture of Catholic materials. Always looking for new penpals and friends!

Click here to send e-mail.

E'Anne Frye in Topeka, Kansas, is a Catholic mother of three sons, the first was Aaron, ’72. He is a public school graduate and has given her four grandchildren. She homeschools:

Click here to send e-mail.

Lyllian Sapp in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, homeschools 1 grandson:

Click here to send e-mail.

Doretta Davids in Nashua, New Hampshire, and her husband Guy just moved to Nashua, NH in March of 2004.
They have 3 girls and have been homeschooling for 3 years. They are currently using Kolbe Academy with a few changes.

Click here to send e-mail.

Jennifer Havard in Mobile, Alabama has 4 children:

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Karen Underwood in Clearwater, Florida, has 3 children:

Click here to send e-mail.

April Scheidler in Oak Park, Illinois, has 6 children:

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Norma Rodriguez-Puente in Robstown, Texas, has a Catholic homeschooling family with 2 sons:

and has a Catholic online store at www.normarodriguez.catholiccompany.com

Click here to send e-mail.

Marti McCullough in Olympia, Washington, is the mother of a family with 7 kids:

Peter and Anna are interested in email pals. Email their mother through the link below and she will forward their email addresses!

Click here to send e-mail.

Chris and Fiona Ruminski in Merrimack, New Hampshire, have 7 children and have been homeschooling using the Seton program since 1994. One child has graduated and is attending Christendom College.

Click here to send e-mail.

Jan and Bill Noonan in the Chicago, Illinois area have 5 children, one with God.

They have been homeschooling since 1994 and use Clonlara as their base for credit and legal aid. Two have been in junior college pursuing English and computer majors.

Click here to send e-mail.

Mary and Bob Beller in Burtonsville, Maryland, have 5 children and have been homeschooling for ten years. One of their children has graduated homeschool, and is at Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia.
Their children are:

Click here to send e-mail.

JoNell and Darren Turner in Port Orchard, Washington, have been married since 1986. Darren converted to the Catholic faith in 1996.
They have been homeschooling since 1992, and have six children:

Click here to send e-mail.

The Schillinger Family in NW, Pennsylvania, are in their 18th year of homeschooling and have 10 children:

Click here to send e-mail.

Susan Shields in New Kent, Virginia, has 3 children:
Leah, who is a correspondence school college student, Nate, and Ariel.

Click here to send e-mail.


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I think it's a good idea for homeschoolers to support each other, so if you're looking for any of these things, you might want to try here first!
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