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The Emmaus Series

the barbara and patrick roche center for catholic education

About the Emmaus Series

Effective leadership for today's Catholic school requires competencies in many areas, most importantly in spiritual leadership, curriculum and instructional design, and business management.  Principals need to continuously develop these critical components to effectively articulate and lead their school's mission.  The Emmaus Series, now welcoming its third cohort, is the ideal opportunity for Catholic school principals wanting to take their schools to the next level.

This game-changing professional development opportunity, punctuated by retreats, workshops, and mentoring over 20 months, advances the leadership ability of the 21st century Catholic school principal.  Utilizing the National Standards for Effective Catholic Schools and key partnerships with Boston College's Lynch School of Education, School of Theology and Ministry, and Carroll School of Management, the Roche Center for Catholic Education offers this unique program to strengthen the principal's ability to adopt and adapt to ongoing challenges.  All programming in the Emmaus Series focuses on the intersecting areas of spiritual leadership, curriculum and instructional design, and business management.

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the emmaus series testimonials

principal at retreat

"The Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education’s Emmaus program has offered cohort participants outstanding professional development.  The expertise shared by nationally recognized speakers has informed and challenged participants to consider new and innovative strategies to advance Catholic education in schools throughout the region.   I have forged relationships with colleagues who have become friends and, indeed, mentors, whose own experiences and competencies affirm my role as a Catholic school administrator.   The program has been especially effective in addressing a cross-section of administrative concerns from marketing and enrollment to finances, professional development and supervision, for example.  The opportunity to include pastors, admissions, advancement, school board, and finance officers, as well as faculty leaders promotes a team approach that supports implementation of new and innovative programs.  The commitment of the leaders and professional staff at the Roche Center to each of the participants has made our journey together on the Road to Emmaus transformative." - Deborah O'Neill, Principal, St. Bernadette School, Northborough, MA

Participants at table

"Every Catholic school leader should experience the Emmaus Program.  Besides exposure to experts in a variety of fields - from marketing and budgets, to nurturing the ideals of Catholic Identity - participants form invaluable networks with other Catholic school leaders that produce life-long friendships."  - Dr. Corinne Merritt, Principal, Tauton Catholic Middle School, Tauton, MA