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MarylandARCH - Maryland Area Resources for Catholic Homeschoolers


MarylandARCH is state-wide advocacy resource for Catholic homeschooling families in and around Maryland, which includes Catholic homeschooling families in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Archdiocese of Washington (D.C.) and the Diocese of Wilmington.


MarylandARCH strives to bring together information for all Catholic homeschoolers from across the state to share with each other homeschooling news and events, support groups, resources, and especially that which pertains to us as Catholic homeschoolers.


MarylandARCH endeavors to be a resource site for those to turn to when trying to find out about Catholic homeschooling in Maryland. MarylandARCH in of itself is not a local support group, it is a resource organization.


MarylandARCH supports Vocations - including the Vocations of Marriage, Priesthood, Consecrated Life. This site sometimes includes Vocations events for Youth and Young Adults and Families from all the Maryland Diocese's. 

Just as Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew I  have been meeting to restore Christian-Catholic unity, Maryland Catholic Homeschoolers also supports restoring the Christian unity amongst our Catholic identity; Roman Catholic and of certain Catholic-Orthodox faiths. We have quite a number of Roman Catholic families and a growing number of Catholic-Orthodox families in our membership. We also accept members of the Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Ukrainian Catholic, Assyrian Church of the East, the Polish National Catholic Church. We do not, however, accept all Orthodox faiths; only of particular Orthodoxy that follows Catholic teachings. Please contact us for additional information.



Homeschooling: Why Not?

Women of Grace with Johnnette Benkovic, watch this five part series online!

Guests: Dr. Mary Kay Clark and John Clark of Seton Home Study School

Many parents are dissatisfied with the education their children are receiving. It ranges from the quality of curricula, to the content of curricula, to the agenda undergirding the curricula. What is the solution? Is there an answer? Today’s guests give a resounding “yes” to both questions and they are going to share with us about an alternative that is rapidly becoming a standard to measure by when it comes to superior education for our children.


One of the more common concerns parents, pundits, and secular educators raise regarding homeschooling is how prepared is the homeschooled child to go out and face the world - at university or college and on in to the work place, and the challenges they face away from hearth and home. Does homeschooling truly prepare the child for the real world? I can’t think of two better guests to answer these questions for us than the two who have been with us throughout this series. They have the facts, the stats, and personal experience to give us an accurate appraisal.

MarylandARCH firmly believes and supports -
The Right and Duty of Parents Regarding Education - as written in Familiaris Consortio by Saint Pope John Paul II:


36. The task of giving education is rooted in the primary vocation of married couples to participate in God's creative activity: by begetting in love and for love a new person who has within himself or herself the vocation to growth and development, parents by that very fact take on the task of helping that person effectively to live a fully human life. As the Second Vatican Council recalled, "since parents have conferred life on their children, they have a most solemn obligation to educate their offspring. Hence, parents must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children. Their role as educators is so decisive that scarcely anything can compensate for their failure in it. For it devolves on parents to create a family atmosphere so animated with love and reverence for God and others that a well-rounded personal and social development will be fostered among the children. Hence, the family is the first school of those social virtues which every society needs."(99)


The right and duty of parents to give education is essential, since it is connected with the transmission of human life; it is original and primary with regard to the educational role of others, on account of the uniqueness of the loving relationship between parents and children; and it is irreplaceable and inalienable, and therefore incapable of being entirely delegated to others or usurped by others.


In addition to these characteristics, it cannot be forgotten that the most basic element, so basic that it qualifies the educational role of parents, is parental love, which finds fulfillment in the task of education as it completes and perfects its service of life: as well as being a source, the parents' love is also the animating principle and therefore the norm inspiring and guiding all concrete educational activity, enriching it with the values of kindness, constancy, goodness, service, disinterestedness and self-sacrifice that are the most precious fruit of love.

Cardinal Burke stresses parents as primary educators of their children.


In an interview with Life Site News during a break in the Synod on the family (in October 2014), Raymond Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, stressed the importance of parents as the primary educators of their children. 

The concept of parents as primary educators is taught by the Church and was given emphasis by the late St. Pope John Paul II.  It is also a founding principle of Voice of the Family, the coalition of life and family groups around the world represented in Rome to assist the Synod Fathers in defending the family.

“The children who come to life by means of the cooperation of their parents with God are given to their parents for their education and upbringing,” said Cardinal Burke. “And it’s actually the parents who choose any kind of outside education that the children receive.”

In a position paper on the subject, Voice of the Family says, “Parental rights are under threat as never before, especially through the imposition of anti-life, anti-family sex education in schools and through the provision of abortion and contraception without parental knowledge.”

Having seen those threats over thirty years ago, St. Pope John Paul II wrote in his 1981 encyclical Familaris Consortio: “Sex education, which is a basic right and duty of parents, must always be carried out under their attentive guidance, whether at home or in educational centres chosen and controlled by them.”

He added, “In this regard, the Church reaffirms the law of subsidiarity, which the school is bound to observe when it cooperates in sex education, by entering into the same spirit that animates the parents.”

Cardinal Burke’s full remarks regarding parents as primary educators can be read on the Life Site News site and video:

The Holy Family is the icon of the domestic Church, called to pray together. The family is the domestic Church and must be the first school of prayer. It is in the family that children, from the tenderest age, can learn to perceive the meaning of God, also thanks to the teaching and example of their parents: to live in an atmosphere marked by God’s presence. An authentically Christian education cannot dispense with the experience of prayer. If one does not learn how to pray in the family it will later be difficult to bridge this gap.
- Pope Benedict XVI (December 28 2011) Prayer and the Holy Family

 Holy Family Icon approved for the World Meeting of Families 2015

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