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About the Roche Center

The Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education

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The Roche Center for Catholic Education strengthens Catholic education through the promotion of research-based educational innovations and the generation of research to lead the transformation of Catholic schools to serve with a preferential option for the poor and marginalized.


  • We advocate for continuous Catholic school improvement that builds out excellent Catholic schools to justly serve all students:
  • We conduct, use, and produce research.
  • We train educators to become agents of change to systematically transform their schools.
  • We form educators for ministry in Catholic 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‚Äôs principal unit for this effort to develop vibrant and revitalized models for the future of Catholic education.

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