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About the Roche Center

the barbara and patrick roche center for catholic education

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The Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education strengthens Catholic education through the generation and promotion of research and research–based educational innovations to lead the transformation of Catholic education.


The Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education brings together scholars, practitioners, innovators, designers, and developers to address the practical needs facing Catholic education through disciplined inquiry. Institutional capacity of Catholic education is strengthened through the formation of effective leaders and the Center influences policy development through strategic advocacy

All Roche Center work, focused on research, teaching and service is grounded in the mission.  All work is accomplished in collaboration with the Lynch School of Education, other centers and departments at Boston College, and other Catholic Institutions of Higher Education.


Established by the Boston College Board of Trustees in 2007, The Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education builds on more than a half-century of research, teaching, and outreach related to Catholic schools at Boston College and brings under one banner strategic and successful initiatives to renew Catholic education as an apostolate of hope.

Boston College is leading the effort to build models of excellence and sustainability for Catholic education. The Lynch School of Education, the top-ranked school of education at a Catholic university, serves as the University’s principal unit for this effort to develop vibrant and revitalized models for the future of Catholic education.

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