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 as a Diocesan wide ministry.
The purpose of the Fra Angelico Institute for the Sacred Arts is to evangelize the truth, goodness, and beauty of God through the study and prayerful creation of sacred art.
Deacon Iacono is a deacon within the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, and is assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wakefield, Rhode Island. He began studying and painting sacred images in 2006 after his retirement from the teaching profession.
The Institute conducts workshops in the prayerful creation of sacred images and makes presentations on the history of sacred art as it developed within both the Eastern and Western Rites of the Catholic Church. The workshops and presentations are open to all who are interested in sacred art.
Deacon Iacono has received training in the fundamentals of art and egg tempera painting from the internationally known painter, Koo Schadler. He received instruction in the painting of sacred images by five teachers in the field of sacred art: Rev. Peter Pearson, Dimitri Andreyev, Marek Czarnecki, Anna Pokrovsky Gouriev, and Cornel Apostol. He does not claim to strictly follow their approaches to sacred art or to teach their methodology. He paints in two different mediums: acrylic and egg tempera; he is currently concentrating on using egg tempera pigments, yet he has a great affection for the ability of acrylic paint, if used wisely and according to a disciplined methodology, to reveal the sacred.
He is interested in examining and reinvigorating the techniques of Latin Rite sacred artists, such as Theophilus the Presbyter (Roger of Helmarshausen, O.S.B.), exploring the unity between the spiritual and creative life, and discovering the methodology and perspective of pre 8th century artists within the Latin and Greek Rites. He is also very interested in European art from the 11th through the 15th centuries.
In his sacred art workshops he unites his current research with some methods learned from his teachers within the Eastern Rite tradition and presents to his students the need to have an open perspective while maintaining respect for sacred tradition and spiritual truth, goodness, and beauty. Deacon Iacono’s sacred images attempt to convey 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 02879 USA. 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 prayers, thoughtfulness, and support. You may contact the Institute at: firstname.lastname@example.org.