Deacon Paul O. Iacono is an ordained Roman Catholic deacon originally from the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, USA. In 2009, Deacon Paul and his wife Jacqueline founded The Fra Angelico Institute for Sacred Art. 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, Rhode Island. In 2017, Deacon Iacono was given full faculties to serve as a deacon in the Archdiocese of Boston by Sean Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, Massachusetts.
The current mission of the Fra Angelico Institute for Sacred Art is threefold:
- To promote the prayerful creation of Catholic sacred art in the traditions of both the Western and Eastern Rites of the Church;
- To evangelize the truth of the dogma, doctrines, and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church and to express how this applies to the Church’s sacred art.
- To support the union of the Catholic artist’s prayer life to their creative process.
Deacon Paul O. Iacono is the husband of Jacqueline (Jackie) Iacono. He is a teacher and artist. He earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the social sciences and a graduate degree in theology. He is currently studying to be an Oblate of the Order of Saint Benedict and is being guided in this process by the Benedictine Prior and SubPrior of the Silverstream Monastery in Ireland.
Deacon Iacono began studying with various masters of iconography and sacred art in 2006 after his retirement from the secular teaching profession. He does not claim to strictly follow their approaches to sacred art or to teach their methodology. He paints in the mediums of egg tempera, watercolor, and acrylic. Deacon Iacono’s sacred images attempt to convey lessons of Sacred Scripture, and the Creed of the Roman Catholic Church, so that the image produced may serve Catholics as a spiritual aid to personal prayer.
Deacon Iacono is specifically interested in three areas that he believes will aid his work: examining the techniques and spirituality of Latin Rite sacred artists, such as Lorenzo Monaco, OSB, Beato Fra Angelico, OP, Duccio, Simone Martini, and Theophilus the Presbyter (Roger of Helmarshausen, OSB); exploring the unity between a Catholic’s spiritual and creative life; and discovering the perceptions and methodology of pre 16th century artists within the Latin and Greek Rites.
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