(Rev) 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 struggling, but persistent, artist!
He earned his undergraduate degree from St. Louis University in cultural anthropology, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago in political organization/leadership. He also received a Master of Arts degree from the Theology Department at Providence College. He is currently studying and preparing to be an Oblate of the Order of Saint Benedict.
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 recently (Spring 2018) took a course with the internationally known Byzantine art master, Dr. George Kordis. The course concerned theory, proper drawing techniques, methodology, composition, and egg tempera painting. Dr. Kordis has had a major impact on Deacon Iacono’s understanding of Byzantine iconography, contemporary iconography, and correct drawing methods.
Iacono paints in the mediums of egg tempera, acrylic, and is beginning to study watercolor. His sacred images attempt to convey lessons of Sacred Scripture, and the Creed of the Roman Catholic Church, so that the image produced may serve all Christians as a spiritual aid to personal prayer. He is very interested in exploring the unity between an individual’s spiritual and creative life.
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