A foundational tenet of Ignatian spirituality is the magis or "more," as defined in Latin. At the Roche Center, we practice the magis by partnering with Catholic centers, institutes, schools and initiatives across Boston College and beyond in order to advance the formative mission of the University. These partnerships also expand the breadth and diversity of formation opportunities available to Catholic educators. As St. Paul explains in 1 Corinthians, we are many parts with distinct ministries, yet we remain one body baptized in and by the one Spirit. (1 Cor. 12:12-27) Together, we are missioned to bring Christ to the world. The initiatives below were developed through the collaborate efforts of energies of our partnering organziations, and they exist to bring about the greater glory of God.
Breakfast with God
This free 30-minute weekly program is co-facilitated by Ms. Anne Krane, preschool teacher at St. Columbkille Partnership School, and Fr. Quang Tran, SJ, of Boston College. Together, families listen to the Word, pray together, and creatively express the joy of the Gospel through read-alouds, song and art. All are welcome!
Drawing God Kids Book Club
Children can "meet" the authors of books and stories inspired by their faith. The one-hour Zoom sessions scheduled for August 31, September 21 and October 19 begin at 7:00 p.m. EST and are recorded. The initiative is co-sponsored by the C21 Center, the Roche Center for Catholic Education, and the St. Francis of Assisi Research Library.
In partnership with C21, the Roche Center has developed Faith Feeds guides around five gifts, or virtues, that challenge Catholic educators to reflect on how they are living their vocation by being adaptable, joyful, attentive, visionary and humble. Each guide includes three articles, reflection questions and conversation starters.
The Roche Center, C21 and IAJS are collaborating to offer a virtual pilgrimage in the steps of St. Ignatius, who sought to find God in all things. From his years as a young page in Arevalo, Spain, to his final days as Superior General of the Society of Jesus in Rome, Italy, virtual pilgrims will have the opportunity to read from Ignatius’ own writings and glean insights from selected Jesuit sources and programs on Ignatian spirituality — all while being embraced in a community of prayer.
The virtual pilgrimage begins October 4 and ends on Christmas Day 2020. More details to come. Sign up now to be notified when the app is released (At this time, the app is only available on iOS devices.)
In 2006, Boston College and Saint Columbkille Partnership School first formed an alliance to create a flagship Catholic school in Boston. The partnership was deepened in early 2018 when Saint Columbkille was formally designated as a laboratory school for Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human Development (LSEHD). The laboratory school designation—the only such arrangement between a university and an elementary school in the city of Boston—enhances opportunities for teacher training, educational research, and professional development. Roche Center staff support this partnership through serving on the LSEHD laboratory committee and the school board, and by offering mentorship and professional development to St. Columbkille faculty.