(Rev) Deacon Paul O. Iacono is an ordained Roman Catholic deacon from the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, USA. In 2009, Iacono and his wife Jacqueline founded The Fra Angelico Institute for Sacred Art.
All faiths are welcome to this site and, hopefully, will discover some post or piece of sacred art that will challenge, comfort, and/or assist in their creativity and artistic curiosity.
The Institute is named in honor of the Italian painter of the early Renaissance Beato Fra Angelico (1395 ? – February 18, 1455). He is significant to all sacred artists of the Western Rites of the Catholic Church because of his outstanding gift for uniting his prayer life, and faith in Scriptural teachings and Church Traditions, with his sacred art.
This on-line “Institute” has as its goal the third definition found in the Mirriam-Webster Dictionary: “a brief course of instruction on selected topics related to a specific field.” The Institute’s field is the study and prayerful creation of sacred art and through it the catechesis and evangelization of the faithful. The course of catechesis and the discussion of sacred art are found within the posts of this blog. The “Institute” is free and open to the public.
A blessing and permission to proceed with the implementation of this ministry occurred in 2010 from his Excellency the Most Reverend Thomas J. Tobin D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
The current mission of the Fra Angelico Institute for Sacred Art is threefold:
- To promote the prayerful study and creation of sacred art in the traditions of both the Western and Eastern Rites;
- To catechize and evangelize the truth of the dogma, doctrines, and traditions of the Western Rites of the Catholic Church and to express how this applies to sacred art; reference to the Eastern Orthodox Rites will respectfully occur when appropriate.
- To support the union of the Christian artist’s prayer life to their creative process.
Even though the Institute is directed toward the catechization and edification of Catholics of the Western Rites, all faiths are welcome and free to comment on anything they read in this blog.