Deacon Paul and Jackie Iacono founded the Fra Angelico Institute for the Sacred Arts in 2009. They received permission in 2010 from his Excellency the Most Reverend Thomas J. Tobin, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island USA, to proceed with implementation.
Deacon Paul O. Iacono is the husband of Jacqueline (Jackie) Iacono, the father of three, and the grandfather of five children. He is an ordained deacon within the Roman Catholic Church, a teacher, and a student artist. He earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the social sciences and a graduate degree in theology.
Deacon Iacono is a deacon within the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, and is assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wakefield, RI. He began studying and painting sacred images in 2006 after his retirement from the teaching profession. From 2006 to 2011 Deacon Iacono studied with the following masters of sacred art: Rev. Peter Pearson, Mr. Dimitri Andreyev, Mr. Marek Czarnecki, and Mrs Anna Pokrovskya Gouriev. Deacon Iacono’s sacred images attempt to convey some of the lessons of Sacred Scripture, so that the image produced may serve as a spiritual aid to personal prayer.
Both Deacon Paul and Jackie believe that the prayerful creation of sacred art, in all its various forms, is a powerful way to evangelize the truth, goodness, and beauty of God to the world – for it can dramatically influence and help the artist as well as those that prayerfully view the art itself – bringing both closer to the love and person of Jesus Christ, His Blessed Mother, the angels, and the saints.
The Fra Angelico Institute for the Sacred Arts is within the 501 (c)(3) non-profit status of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Wakefield, Rhode Island. If you desire to make a tax-deductible donation to the work of the Institute please make your check out to St. Francis of Assisi Church, and in the memo section please write Fra Angelico Institute for the Sacred Arts. We are very grateful for your thoughtfulness and support. You may contact the Institute at: email@example.com.