Homeschooling is a divine calling and an act of sacrificial love. There are many excellent educational options for families in San Antonio, Texas, including public schools, Catholic schools, other private schools, charter schools, hybrid schools, and homeschooling. Should you choose homeschooling, we are here to serve you!
Learn more about our organization's Mission and our Board members below, and please contact us with your questions and ideas! We are always looking for volunteers to aid our mission. Even if you can only offer a small portion of your time, we invite you to contact us if you wish to serve fellow Catholic homeschooling parents in our community!
The Saint Anne Catholic Homeschool Support Group is a Non-Profit operating in the State of Texas since 2011. We serve Catholic homeschooling families in the San Antonio area. Our efforts have been approved by Archbishop Gustavo-Garcia-Siller, and we are completely devoted to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
The San Antonio Catholic Homeschooling Conference is sponsored by the Saint Anne Catholilc Homeschool Support Group.
The Saint Anne Catholic Homeschool Support Group exists to serve Catholic families in and around San Antonio, Texas who are actively or are considering homeschooling through the education and spiritual formation of homeschooling parents and their homeschooled children. We seek to equip and encourage parents in their choice to educate their children at home in accordance with all relevant laws in the State of Texas and in submission to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. All sponsored activities of the organization shall be consistent with and in accordance with Roman Catholic moral values.
The Saint Anne Catholic Homeschool Support Group offers other events, in addition to the San Antonio Catholic Homeschooling Conference, that serve to unite and encourage Catholic homeschooling families in and around San Antonio, Texas, such as guest speakers, retreats, and more.
Co-Directors, Board Members, & Coordinators
Co-Director Jenny Bales
Jenny has been homeschooling for 8 years and has four children. Her eclectic style of home education pulls heavily from literature-based, Classical, and Charlotte Mason philosophies.
Co-Director Margaret Ranalli
Margaret has been homeschooling for 9 years and has two children. She started out creating her own curriculum, then used Seton Home Study School for several years, and now follows the Mother of Divine Grace curriculum.
Conference Co-coordinators - Michele de los Santos & Montse Romero
Finance Coordinator - Margaret Ranalli
Fundraising Coordinator - open
Public Relations Coordinator - open
Secretary - Marisol Garduno
Special Events Coordinator - Jenny Bales
Website Coordinator - Maricarmen Romero
If you are interested in serving the Saint Anne Homeschool Support Group on the board or on a committee, please contact us! There are always openings, and we welcome your participation!
St. Anne Catholic Homeschool Support Group operates our conferences and other ministries under the following assumptions:
We exist to support and connect Catholic homeschooling parents, and therefore, our activities will proclaim our Catholic faith in an authentic way. Children of all ages as well as husbands are welcomed and provided for at many of our events/programs, although we recognize most mothers are the primary teachers in a homeschool environment.
While it is true that homeschooling is not for every family, and there are circumstances under which homeschooling is not the best option for children, we agree with Fr. John Hardon:
"Homeschooling in the United States is the necessary concomitant of a culture in which the Church is being opposed on every level of her existence and a consequence, given the widespread secularization in our country, homeschooling is not only valuable or useful but it is absolutely necessary for the survival of the Catholic church in our country."
Our programs welcome any who are interested in Catholic homeschooling and strive to meet people where they are. Just as there are many ways to parent and many ways to pray as a Catholic, there are many ways to homeschool effectively.
We embrace all homeschooling approaches, methods, and curricula that are not contrary to our Catholic faith, but we do prioritize highlighting the excellent Catholic resources available to homeschooling families.
The laws in the State of Texas consider homeschoolers to be operating as private schools. Accordingly, Catholic homeschoolers should consider their homes Catholic schools and provide religious instruction accordingly in a way that can only be done in a thoroughly Catholic environment. As Pope Pius XI wrote in On Christian Education,
"It is necessary not only that religious instruction be given to the young at certain fixed times, but also that every other subject taught, be permeated with Christian piety. If this is wanting, if this sacred atmosphere does not pervade and warm the hearts of masters and scholars alike, little good can be expected from any kind of learning, and considerable harm will often be the consequence."
St. Anne's aims to support and assist parents in fulfilling their role as the primary educators of their children, as taught in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (2222-2229):
2222 Parents must regard their children as children of God and respect them as human persons. Showing themselves obedient to the will of the Father in heaven, they educate their children to fulfill God's law.
2223 Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues. This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery - the preconditions of all true freedom. Parents should teach their children to subordinate the "material and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones."31 Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children. By knowing how to acknowledge their own failings to their children, parents will be better able to guide and correct them:
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.33
2224 The home is the natural environment for initiating a human being into solidarity and communal responsibilities. Parents should teach children to avoid the compromising and degrading influences which threaten human societies.
2225 Through the grace of the sacrament of marriage, parents receive the responsibility and privilege of evangelizing their children. Parents should initiate their children at an early age into the mysteries of the faith of which they are the "first heralds" for their children. They should associate them from their tenderest years with the life of the Church.34 A wholesome family life can foster interior dispositions that are a genuine preparation for a living faith and remain a support for it throughout one's life.
2226 Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child's earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God.35 The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents.
2227 Children in turn contribute to the growth in holiness of their parents.36 Each and everyone should be generous and tireless in forgiving one another for offenses, quarrels, injustices, and neglect. Mutual affection suggests this. The charity of Christ demands it.37
2228 Parents' respect and affection are expressed by the care and attention they devote to bringing up their young children and providing for their physical and spiritual needs. As the children grow up, the same respect and devotion lead parents to educate them in the right use of their reason and freedom.
2229 As those first responsible for the education of their children, parents have the right to choose a school for them which corresponds to their own convictions. This right is fundamental. As far as possible parents have the duty of choosing schools that will best help them in their task as Christian educators.38 Public authorities have the duty of guaranteeing this parental right and of ensuring the concrete conditions for its exercise.