Meet Our 2022 Speakers

Tim Staples - KEYNOTE SPEAKER

"God is Looking for A Few Good Men (And Women)"

In this talk, Tim makes crucial distinctions between masculine and feminine spirituality.  He explains why knowledge of these distinctions can be the secret to a transformed life, marriage, and ultimately a transformed world!

Tim Staples is a Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, but he was not always Catholic. Tim was raised a Southern Baptist. Although he fell away from the faith of his childhood, Tim came back to faith in Christ during his late teen years through the witness of Christian televangelists. Soon after, Tim joined the Marine Corps.

During his four-year tour, he became involved in ministry with various Assemblies of God communities. Immediately after his tour of duty, Tim enrolled in Jimmy Swaggart Bible College and became a youth minister in an Assembly of God community. During his final year in the Marines, however, Tim met a Marine who really knew his faith and challenged Tim to study Catholicism from Catholic and historical sources. That encounter sparked a two-year search for the truth. Tim was determined to prove Catholicism wrong, but he ended up studying his way to the last place he thought he would ever end up: the Catholic Church!

He converted to Catholicism in 1988 and spent the following six years in formation for the priesthood, earning a degree in philosophy from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, Pennsylvania. He then studied theology on a graduate level at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, for two years. Realizing that his calling was not to the priesthood, Tim left the seminary in 1994 and has been working in Catholic apologetics and evangelization ever since. He is happily married to Valerie and together they are raising their family in San Diego.

Jade Aquino & Elizabeth Ebiner

Introduction to Homeschooling

“Is it legal?” “How do you do it?” “What about socialization?”  Jade and Elizabeth will navigate through the ins and outs of homeschooling in the state of California. They will discuss the importance of knowing your own reasons for educating your children at home.

Especially for Moms

Especially for Dads

Dr. Luis Sandoval

"The Battle for the Family: How Our Unity is the Light over Darkness"

Sr. Lucia Dos Santos tells us that the final spiritual battle will be against the family. Our homeschool community is now more than ever a light of truth in the midst of a culture that tries to destroy God’s natural order.  As parents we have the power to guide our children against what seems like a world poised to destroy our faith and our families. FEAR NOT!  Come learn about the powerful spiritual authority that God has given us as parents against the power of evil over our children, and how united as a homeschool community, darkness will never overcome our Family Light.

Dr. Luis Sandoval graduated from UCLA with a degree in Medicine as well as a Master’s in Public Health. He went on to complete specialties in both Family Medicine and Psychiatry at University of California, San Diego, and has worked in various clinical settings, including outpatient and inpatient Psychiatry.  He was the Co-chair of Bioethics for Kaiser Permanente Orange County during his tenure there, and he currently works for the California Department of State Hospitals in Forensic Psychiatry.  Prior to his medical studies, he discerned the priesthood and attended Mount Angel Seminary for the Diocese of Orange, but felt a calling to the Sacrament of Marriage.  Given his background in Psychiatry and Bioethics, combined with his love for the Catholic Faith, he has found himself called to work in Deliverance Ministry with various priests and local dioceses.  He is also currently the host of the Dr. Luis Sandoval Radio Show, through Virgin Most Powerful Radio.

Fr. Peter Adrian Miller, O.Praem.

"Choosing Christ: Spiritual Combat in the World and Church Today"

Using the spiritual classic, Spiritual Combat written by Dom. Lorenzo Scupoli, the retreat intends to treat the spiritual lives of Catholic fathers as they currently exist in contemporary society. The perennial insights and sagely wisdom of Scupoli speaks to us today more than ever. Post-reformation Catholicism had turned out many great saints and writers–who in the face of what would morph into the modern age of enlightenment–had the knack for exposing the deficits and philosophical blindspots of this new religion, Protestantism. Much of those same errors stand at the foundation of what we have inherited as our own cultural milieu, and so Scupoli’s Spiritual Combat stands as a good corrective even for us 21st century men. 

R.D. Peter Adrian Miller, O.Praem. hails from the small twin-cities of Kitchener-Waterloo located in central southwestern Ontario, 105 km southwest of Toronto. He completed a Hons. B.A. in 2009 at St. Jerome’s University, a B.A. in Thomistic Philosophy in 2011 and M.A. of Theology in 2019 both at the Toronto Oratory of St. Philip Neri and is currently finishing his STL at the Pontifical College of Saint Thomas in Rome. Father Peter Adrian is a praemonstratian canon and was just recently ordained last July for the canonry of Orange in Silverado, California. He currently resides at St. Michael’s Abbey as the refectorian and infirmarian. 

 

Laura Arkfeld & Dana Robles

"Building Holy and Healthy Homeschooling Communities for the Glory of God"

Founding members of SCCHE, Laura Arkfeld and Dana Robles, share the origin story of Southern California Catholic Home Educators. They will share their experience of successes and struggles in growing a community that keeps God at the center.  They will emphasize the essential need for community Prayer, the necessity of the virtue of Humility for individuals, and putting Trust in the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Serve the Lord by serving one another!

Laura Arkfeld is a founder of Southern California Catholic Home Educators, Chino Hills home school support group and the St. Thomas Aquinas Dumb Ox Club co-op.  She and her husband homeschooled their five children from kindergarten through high school beginning in 1992.  She has been a frequent speaker at conferences and parishes in Southern California on topics related to homeschooling and prayer.

Dana Robles is a founding member of Southern California Catholic Home Educators, or as she likes to say, “just one of the moms at the picnic table at that first park day.” She ran the vendor hall for the first 13 years of the homeschool conference, was a founding member and 2nd president of the “Dumb Ox Club” (also known as the Chino Hills Co-op), created the first SCCHE yearbook, and was the parent liaison on the SCCHE board (as it became a non-profit organization). Dana also helped organize the first graduation Mass and is the proud mom of the first SCCHE graduate.  She is currently the Coordinator of the Catechetical Ministry at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Riverside.  Dana and her husband Dave continue to nurture their Domestic Church, having raised five children and now enjoying 11 grandchildren (all homeschooled!). 

Dr. Luis Sandoval

"Strong but not Silent: The Power of Presence as the Head of the Family"

How strong is a father’s voice in today’s family?   Our actions and words resonate in the fabric of our households, and have lasting effects by the supernatural state of our vocations.  We cannot let society diminish our God-given role as the heads of our families.

Dr. Luis Sandoval graduated from UCLA with a degree in Medicine as well as a Master’s in Public Health. He went on to complete specialties in both Family Medicine and Psychiatry at University of California, San Diego, and has worked in various clinical settings, including outpatient and inpatient Psychiatry.  He was the Co-chair of Bioethics for Kaiser Permanente Orange County during his tenure there, and he currently works for the California Department of State Hospitals in Forensic Psychiatry.  Prior to his medical studies, he discerned the priesthood and attended Mount Angel Seminary for the Diocese of Orange, but felt a calling to the Sacrament of Marriage.  Given his background in Psychiatry and Bioethics, combined with his love for the Catholic Faith, he has found himself called to work in Deliverance Ministry with various priests and local dioceses.  He is also currently the host of the Dr. Luis Sandoval Radio Show, through Virgin Most Powerful Radio.

Louise Caballero

“Navigating the Road to College”

Thinking about the college entrance process often instills fear into most parents, let alone homeschooling parents who now have to wear the hat of a guidance counselor. “Which tests to take and how to register?” “When do we apply to college?” “How do we apply for financial aid and scholarships?” “How can we best record our community involvement and activities?” This session will give a quick rundown of the answers to these and many other questions. Louise will share with you some tips and strategies she has learned along the way, as well as provide you with a handout of pertinent information to help you navigate the college process.

Louise Caballero and her husband Dan have homeschooled their three children in the North Orange County area. The oldest two have graduated college and work in their chosen fields. The youngest will be finishing college this coming year. Louise became knowledgeable about the college preparation and application process as she helped guide her children through the process and became a resource for fellow homeschooling parents. Although she has retired from homeschooling, she loves to share her experience and knowledge with the homeschool community.

Cedric Ebiner

"The Difference Dads Make"

How can your household become a thriving Catholic homeschool?  How can families benefit from and strengthen the larger Catholic homeschool community?  Cedric Ebiner will share his fatherly observations and practical pointers as to the great and exciting things that await dads who dive full force into the homeschool adventure.

Cedric Ebiner teaches Latin and French at Loyola High School, where he also serves as Department Chair of the Modern and Classical Languages Department.  As the homeschooling father of 7, Cedric has been helping his wife, Elizabeth, homeschool for over 15 years.  In addition to teaching at Loyola, he has spent many years teaching Latin to homeschoolers in the Southern California area.

Valerie Staples

The Impossible is Possible (Homeschooling Your Child with Special Needs)

Many parents think it’s virtually impossible to homeschool their children with special needs.  Through God’s grace, you can do it!

Valerie Staples is a full-time homeschooling mother of 7, one of whom has autism. She holds a degree in Liberal Arts but is a student of philosophy and theology. Valerie has been a facilitator with ENDOW (Education on the Nature and Dignity of Women) study groups and was the Director of Goretti Girls for six years (a San Diego based Catholic fellowship ministry for teens).

Valerie is a cradle Catholic and native Southern Californian who felt very close to God in her childhood. But as a teen she began to take her faith for granted like so many of us do. It was during this time their father introduced them to the science of apologetics. It was then that Valerie fell in love with her Catholic faith all over again. It would only be a few years later when Valerie would meet and marry one of the most famous modern Catholic apologists in the United States, Tim Staples. The rest is, as they say, history!

John De Gree

Teaching History with "Our Homeschool Community Together Toward Heaven"

Join John De Gree from Classical Historian as he shares with you his experiences as a Dad of 7, grandpa of 1, a classroom and home school teacher for 30 years, and as member of Idente Missionaries. De Gree will share insights into how to have the best approach towards teaching youth and provide practical steps how to teach history with your feet on the ground and your heart in the clouds.

John De Gree is the founder of Classical Historian. Originally from California, he studied history and language and worked and lived in Turkey, Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia for five years. Working in private, public, and homeschool education for over twenty years, he saw the great lack of critical and independent thinking in history education.

He founded the Classical Historian to promote the best that is offered in the great tradition of Western education: honesty, virtue, patience, logical analysis of evidence and conclusions, and belief in the truth. John De Gree teaches that the American experiment of self-government under law is a result of its Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman heritage.

John and his wife Zdenka have been married for 30 years and they raise and home school their seven children in San Clemente, California.