Deacon Paul O. Iacono is an ordained Roman Catholic deacon from the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, USA. In 2009 Deacon Paul and his wife Jacqueline founded the Fra Angelico Institute for the Sacred Arts. They received the blessing and permission to proceed with implementation of this ministry in 2010 from his Excellency the Most Reverend Thomas J. Tobin D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Providence.
The mission of the Fra Angelico Institute is threefold:
- To promote the prayerful creation of Christian sacred art in the traditions of both the Western and Eastern Rites of the Church,
- To promote an individual’s encounter with Jesus Christ through the study of sacred art while simultaneously having them perceive the truth, goodness, and beauty of God as expressed through the teachings of the Church,
- To help unite the adult artist’s prayer life to their creative process.
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Deacon Paul O. Iacono is the husband of Jacqueline (Jackie) Iacono, the father of three, and the grandfather of seven children. He is a teacher and artist. He earned both an undergraduate and graduate degrees in the social sciences and a graduate degree in theology. He began studying and painting sacred images in 2006 after his retirement from the secular teaching profession.
In past years the Fra Angelico Institute has conducted workshops in the prayerful creation of sacred images and has made 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 interested in examining 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 and beauty within the Western and Eastern Rites.
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 his wife 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.
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