John Roche, SDB

John Roche, SDB

Visiting Professor

Professional Bio:

  • First vows: 1977
  • Priestly Ordination: 1986

Fr. John has ministered as a Salesian in many capacities: a high school teacher, chaplain and on staff at St. Mary’s boarding school in Edmonton, Alberta Canada, provincial Vocation Director, the provincial Youth Ministry Delegate, the first director/president of St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High School in Watsonville, and now as Director of the Institute of Salesian Studies and adjunct professor in spiritual theology for the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology.

For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for woe – plans to give you a future full of hope. When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me with you, says the LORD, and I will change your lot...

Jeremiah 29:11-14

Research Interests

Fr. John is currently working on a text for use in Salesian lay and religious formation entitled Salesian Spirituality and Chastity: An Examination of Salesian Chastity and Maturity with portions to be published in forthcoming issues of Journal of Salesian Studies. Combing through the work of Wendy M. Wright, Fr. Joseph Boenzi, Fr. Arthur Lenti and other similar authors. He is also working on a “Salesian Christology” and hopes to link such a study to the relevance of a Salesian Spirituality and understanding of Christ for the youth of the world today. Fr. John often writes articles for the Catholic Voice in Oakland.

Select Publications

  • “Salesian Evangelization: At the Threshold of the Bicentennial of Don Bosco’s Birth (Part 1),” Journal of Salesian Studies 16, No. 1 (2015), 1-40.
  • “Salesian Evangelization: At the Threshold of the Bicentennial of Don Bosco’s Birth (Part 2),” Journal of Salesian Studies 16, No. 2 (2015), 103-140.
  • Regular contributor to The Catholic Voice, Diocese of Oakland.
  • “Cultivating Hearts: A Response to Salesian Youth Ministry Today,” Journal of Salesian Studies 15 (2007): 145-166.
  • Salesian Accompaniment, inter-session reader, 2008.
  • Salesian Preventive System: Loving Kindness, inter-session reader, 2008.
  • Licentiate Thesis: The Salesian Youth Spirituality of Accompaniment: The Vision of Juan Vecchi and a New Moment; Universitá Pontificia Salesiana, Rome, 18 June 2007.


STL: Salesian Pontifical University (Rome)
MA Pastoral Studies:
Seattle University
MA: Pontifical College Josephinum
 Pontifical College Josephinum
BA in Philosophy:
 Don Bosco College (NJ)

Contact Fr. John