Welcome to the Roche Center for Catholic Education


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

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.

The Roche Family

"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.


The Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education (The Roche Center) is a catalyst and a resource for advancing transformative Catholic education through critical research, targeted professional programs and advocacy. The work of the center advances leadership, innovation, and systemic collaboration to enhance the lives of those served by Catholic education.



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.

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