About Us

Mission & Vision

The Roche Center for Catholic Education forms Catholic school educators to become agents of change who work to create excellent Pre K-12 schools. Through our leadership programs, development of culturally and linguistically diverse schools, sustaining professional education, and research, we strengthen and transform Catholic schools and improve student outcomes.

The Roche Center strives to provide every child and family access to excellent K-12 Catholic schools.

Teacher & Student


History of the Center

Established by the Boston College Board of Trustees in 2007, The Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education of the Lynch School of Education and Human Development builds on more than a half-century of research, teaching, and outreach related to Catholic schools at Boston College. It brings under one banner strategic initiatives to develop vibrant and revitalized models for the future of Catholic education as an apostolate of hope.

The Roche Family

The Roche Family

In March of 2010, long-time friends of Boston College Barbara and Patrick Roche ’51, H ’01, donated a $20 million endowment to the Center for Catholic Education, which was later named in their honor. Patrick E. Roche, co-founder of Roche Brothers supermarkets, passed away on May 27, 2012 at the age 83. The couple said they made the transformative donation because Catholic education had such a profound effect on their lives, as Mr. Roche was a graduate of Boston College. "Catholic education was a great gift in my life,” said the late Patrick Roche. “When Barbara and I saw the number of Catholic schools that were closing, we wanted to do something--BC gave us an opportunity to do so through this Center."

Headquartered in Wellesley, Roche Bros. has 18 Massachusetts locations, from Burlington to Cape Cod. Barbara and Patrick Roche are natives of Boston and ardent supporters of Catholic education. The Roches are noted philanthropists to worthy causes, including Catholic and public education, the Annual Appeal of the Archdiocese of Boston, the American Ireland Fund, the Parkway Boys and Girls Club, food pantries, elder assistance programs, and more. At BC, they established the Patrick E. and Barbara A. Roche Scholarship Fund for talented students with financial need, and the Barbara A. and Patrick E. Roche Chair in Economics, an endowed professorship.


Animating Beliefs & Core Values

Drawing on our Catholic and Ignatian traditions, the following beliefs animate the work of the Roche Center for Catholic Education:

We believe education is about forming the heart, mind, and soul. Our programs are designed around Boston College’s formation triangle, where we attend to the spiritual, social, and intellectual dimensions of formation. We strive for this holistic development, as we attend to the heart, mind, and soul.

We strive for the Magis. Magis translated means “more,” meaning we strive for excellence in all that we do, and all we do is for the greater glory of God. 

We are companions on the journey. We accompany others on the journey of life, sharing our gifts, honoring the talents of others, while pursuing equity and justice. As we are women and men for others, we do this with special attention to the needs of the poor and marginalized. 

We see God in all things. Cura Personalis means that we “care for the individual person.” We respect each person as a child of God and all of God’s creations.

We are committed to bringing about a socially just and equitable world. We form and educate agents of change, who engage in critical thought, dialogue on moral and ethical issues, and contribute to excellence and equity in Catholic education.

We develop Catholic educators to be adaptable, attentive, visionary, humble, and joyful.