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ABOUT THE INSTITUTE

Working to fulfill the Church’s call for a "New Evangelization."

Open wide the arms of Christ!

Dear Friend in Christ,

A number of years ago I was one of millions of “fallen away Catholics.” Unknown to me at that time was God’s plan to put my life to work for Him. Today, I have dedicated my life to making sure that others do not take lightly God’s gift of eternal life. I am convinced that in order to restore the Catholic Church to her former glory, we must begin by educating the faithful in the Church’s great inherited tradition and we must once again reach out an evangelical hand to those outside the Catholic Church, welcoming them to experience the fullness of the Kingdom of God on earth. “Today it is up to you, brothers and sisters . . . to offer the Risen Christ to your fellow citizens.” (P. Benedict XVI) While many Catholics today have a deep desire to grow in their faith and share the Faith with others, few are equipped with the educational tools to do so. Most Catholic parishes have instituted a catechetical program for children, yet few have heeded the Church’s call for continued adult faith formation and the need for evangelical outreach. In the General Directory for Catechesis, the Church has stated clearly, “Catechesis for adults, since it deals with persons who are capable of an adherence that is fully responsible, must be considered the chief form of catechesis” (GDC, 59).

Sadly, most Catholics today, if they have received any catechetical formation at all, must rely on an elementary-level training, usually received in preparation for first Holy Communion and Confirmation. With this level of education in the faith, how can Catholics be expected to express the faith to their fellow citizens in a cogent and convincing manner? In an age when the basic teachings of the Catholic Faith have been neglected and the faithful are in great need of intellectual faith formation, the Institute of Catholic Culture stands as a sign of hope. Taking our Lord’s final command to the Apostles to “make disciples of all nations” as our own, the Institute of Catholic Culture was founded in answer to the Church’s call for a “New Evangelization.”

To this end, the Institute hosts educational seminars specifically designed to build bridges of understanding, teaching authentic Catholic history, philosophy and theology as a way of healing the wounds in the Body of Christ and reaching out to those who seek knowledge of the Truth. “This saving truth, at the heart of the deposit of faith, must remain the foundation of all the Church’s endeavors, proposed to others always with respect but also without compromise.” (P. Benedict XVI) This is a daunting task, but one that we must undertake!

Within this web site, you will learn about the ICC’s exciting mission, its traditional curriculum structured upon the classical liberal arts, how you can help us renew adult faith formation in the Catholic Church, and be able to access a great number of quality, orthodox educational programs. I hope you enjoy all the resources provide, and please feel free to contact me at director@instituteofcatholicculture.org if you have any questions or feedback.

In Christ,

sabatino_carnazzoFr. Hezekias (Sabatino) Carnazzo
Founding Executive Director, Institute of Catholic Culture

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Meet Our Staff

Fr. Hezekias (Sabatino) Carnazzo, M.A.
Founder and Executive Director Magdala Apostolate Coordinator

Fr. Hezekias Carnazzo graduated from Christendom College in 2004 and completed a master’s degree in systematic theology with an Advanced Apostolic Catechetical Diploma at Christendom’s Graduate School. In 2009, Fr. Hezekias (formerly Deacon Sabatino) founded the Institute of Catholic Culture, and has since served as its Executive Director. Ordained to the priesthood on May 1, 2016, he also serves as the Director of the Office of Catechesis and Evangelization for the Melkite Greek Catholic Eparchy of Newton. He is a recipient of the Guadalupe Radio Network’s “Fishers of Men” award and the Brent Society’s Bishop Thomas J. Welsh Award for Distinguished Service. Fr. Hezekias has lectured throughout the U.S., appeared on a number of Catholic radio shows, and has twice appeared on EWTN’s Sunday Night Live program. He and his wife Linda have five children.

Andy Hickman
Assistant Director

Andy Hickman graduated from The College of William & Mary with a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.A. in Religious Studies, and is currently working towards a Master’s from the Christendom College Graduate School of Theology. Andy taught middle school religion for four years, and in seeing how influential a parent’s level of faith formation is on their child, was drawn towards the the Institute of Catholic Culture’s mission of adult catechesis. He and his wife and daughter live in Front Royal, VA.

Marie Antunes
Director of Operations

Marie Antunes graduated from Christendom College with a B.A. in History in 2005. After college she served as a Missionary for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, went on to earn her Master’s in Theological Studies with a concentration in Systematic Theology from the Graduate School of Christendom College, and most recently worked for the Diocese of Burlington, Vermont as the Director of the Office of Catholic Formation.

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