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Our History

In response to the Church’s call for a new evangelization, the Institute of Catholic Culture was founded in 2006 by Rev. Franklyn McAfee, S.T.D., and Fr. Hezekias Carnazzo, M.A., as an educational outreach project within the Office of Evangelization at Saint John the Beloved Catholic Church in McLean, Virginia. From its inception, the Institute has offered weekly seminars in Catholic history, philosophy and theology, with a strong emphasis on the study of Sacred Scripture. Soon, the Institute was bursting at the seams, as attendees from all over the Northern Virginia / Washington D.C. metropolitan area began to visit, knowing they could receive quality, orthodox education with the Institute’s programs.

In response to the increased interest in the Institute’s regular programs and to the great thirst that adult Catholics have for authentic Catholic faith formation, the Institute of Catholic Culture was established on July 1, 2009, as a non-profit Catholic educational institute dedicated to the re-evangelization of our society through educational and cultural projects open to the public at no charge.

With a Board of Directors, Fr. Hezekias Carnazzo as its Founding Director, and an extremely active and dedicated group of volunteers and supporters, the Institute of Catholic Culture set out to bring its educational and cultural programs to the greater Northern Virginia / Washington, D.C. metro area. Soon, the Institute began attracting more and more attendees, averaging over 100 people at each lecture.

Today, the Institute averages over 200 eager participants at its regular education programs and offers Catholic adult faith formation opportunities in over ten parishes in and around our nation’s capital.

In addition, the Institute has expanded beyond its initial geographical region by offering live and on-demand video streaming of its programs, CD production of past seminars, and boasting over 600 hours of catechetical programs in its free, on-line media library.

We have also begun building an online resources library, so that those who visit our web site can access not only the archived and live programs, but also the written resources discussed, extra materials referenced or given by our scholars, and input from the Church fathers and other influential saints and scholars.

We desire to give all who come a panoramic view of history, philosophy and theology through the lens of the Catholic Faith. For more information on our curriculum, please visit our mission and curriculum pages on our web site.

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