Skip to main content

Secondary navigation:

Emmaus Series

The Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education

What is the Emmaus Series?

Emmaus Series

The Emmaus Series is a powerful leadership development program for Catholic school principals and heads of schools.

​Effective leaders for today's Catholic schools demand an aptitude in 3 dynamic areas: spiritual leadership, academic leadership, and business management. The Emmaus Series offers leaders quality training and targeted support in order to deepen their knowledge of these areas, investigate the systems that influence these areas, and introduce change ideas to improve the overall effectiveness of their schools. The Emmaus Series supports Catholic school leaders who want to make their schools’ mission and vision a tangible, sustainable reality.
This enterprising professional development experience is comprised of retreats, workshops, webinars, and mentoring over a
20-month period. Participating leaders benefit from the Emmaus Series’ utilization of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools and key partnerships within Boston College’s Lynch School of Education, the School of Theology and Ministry, and the Carroll School of Management. 

Please visit the resource site at


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