Serving Hispanic Families

The Roche Center's mission– to transform Catholic schools to serve with a preferential option for the poor and marginalized– has led us to a commitment to exploring and promote effective service to Hispanic families. Our research, signature programs, and new initatives address the needs and opportunities for Catholic schools to create a culture of belonging for Hispanic families.  


Graph of Hispanic Catholics Students in the United States


Hispanic Ministry in Catholic Parishes

The Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education (Roche Center) and the School of Theology and Ministry released the Catholic Schools in an Increasingly Hispanic Church report in February 2016, a summary of findings from the National Survey of Catholic Schools Serving Hispanic Families.  

This groundbreaking report offers important findings and analysis based on the first study ever of Catholic schools serving Hispanic families. At a time in which the Church is becoming increasingly Hispanic, the report calls for Catholic education and ministry leaders to intentionally engage Hispanic families and parishes with Hispanic ministry as partners to strengthen Catholic schools in their mission in the United States today.

Principal Investigators:  
Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill, Ph.D., Executive Director, Roche Center
Hosffman Ospino, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology and Ministry, Boston College

The report builds on Dr. Ospino's earlier work in the National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry.



The National Summit on Catholic Schools and Hispanic Families

Following the release of the Catholic Schools in an Increasingly Hispanic Church, the Roche Center and its partners organized a national gathering of thought leaders in Catholic education to generate innovative, research-driven responses supporting Hispanic families and Catholic schools. The Summit took place in September 2016, but the Roche Center continues to build networks, produce and curate resources, and advocate for Hispanic families in Catholic education.

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