Deacon Paul O. Iacono is an ordained Roman Catholic deacon originally from the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, USA. In 2017 Deacon Iacono was given full faculties to be a deacon in the Archdiocese of Boston by Sean Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, Massachusetts.
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 current 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;
- To promote the union of the adult artist’s prayer life to their creative process.
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 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.
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.
Deacon Iacono 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 16th century artists within the Latin and Greek 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.
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