About John E. Rocha Sr.

John Rocha became Ozark Catholic Academy’s founding Head of School in August 2016. Mr. Rocha helped found Western Academy, an independent Catholic liberal arts school for boys in Houston. There he served as both Director of Development and as a member of the school’s Administrative Council. Prior to Western Academy, John was Academic Director for the Free Enterprise Institute where he developed and implemented educational programs for teacher professional development. In his later years at the Institute, he also served as its Director of Institutional Advancement.

Overwhelming Joy: Ebenezer Scrooge in Stave Five

By |2018-12-18T03:56:32-06:00December 30th, 2014|Categories: Christmas, Happiness|Tags: |

Overwhelmed is a one-word description of Ebenezer Scrooge in Stave Five. What overcomes Scrooge when he wakes up is joy, and later the virtue of cheerfulness. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines cheerfulness as “a mood characterized by high spirits and amusement and often accompanied by laughter.” St. Josemaria Escriva in his book, The Forge, states that  “Christian [...]

Poetry: Donald Davidson’s “Aunt Maria and the Gourds”

By |2014-01-23T12:55:33-06:00April 8th, 2012|Categories: Donald Davidson, John Crowe Ransom, Literature, M. E. Bradford, Moral Imagination|Tags: |

While studying at the University of Dallas in the early ’90’s, I was taught and influenced by a few notable professors, such as Janet Smith, Frederick Wilhelmsen, Wayne Ambler, Leo Paul de Alvarez, along with a few others. Following Prof. Wilhelmsen after many class lectures back to his office or at least to the university mall, I [...]

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