Emmaus Story & Cohort Model

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Now that very day two of them were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him… And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning [within us] while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?”

-Luke 24: 13-16; 30-32

The Emmaus Story in Luke’s Gospel serves as a guiding narrative for the Emmaus Leadership Series. We believe that experiences of encounter, accompaniment, conversation, reflection, and blessing, form the foundation of strong Catholic leadership. Together with webinars, workshops, and retreats designed to strengthen leaders for the sacred journey of Catholic School administration, they work towards the goal of transformative education. Emmaus leaders travel along the road with one another as a cohort and gain practical training to become better stewards of their calling.

The Cohort

Cohorts consist of 30 Catholic school leaders from around the country who bring a wide variety of experiences, strengths, and needs. Cohort members are selected based on the particular gifts they are willing to share, challenges for which they seek direction, and readiness for genuine collaboration among peers.


The Emmaus Series Foundational retreat provides what I believe all new and veteran Catholic leaders need. Having been blessed with a number of leadership retreats in my career, Emmaus stands head and shoulders above all others. The mix of expertise, inspiration, practical advice, and a dedication to an inviting atmosphere set the stage for a meaningful multiyear cohort experience in ways that are already paying off for my school. The leadership of the Roche Center and its affiliation with Boston College made me feel that I would be part of a career-long affiliation that will continue to yield great ideas in our shared work to spread our Catholic Identity.
David J. Estes, Head of the School, The Prout School, Wakefield, RI