Meet Our Founder & Team

 

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David Clayton, Founder of Claritas and Chief Editor, is an artist, writer and teacher who grew up in England and is a graduate of Oxford University. David currently serves as Provost of Pontifex.University and is also a Visiting Fellow at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in New Hampshire. David has an international reputation as a painter, with major commissions in both the UK and the US. He is a regular contributor to the New Liturgical Movement website and has published many articles and two books about sacred art and culture and their connection to the liturgy. The Little Oratory: A Beginner’s Guide to Praying in the Home (co written with Leila Lawler) has been an Amazon bestseller, and his latest book, The Way of Beauty – Liturgy, Education and Inspiration for Family, School and College, was published in 2016 by Angelico Press.

 

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Lawrence Klimecki, Managing Editor,  is a deacon in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento. He holds a Certificate in Theological Studies from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology and is currently working on a Masters Degree in Sacred Arts from PontifexUniversity. Deacon Lawrence is a popular speaker, writer, and artist exploring the intersection of faith and art, particularly as it applies to the spiritual journey we all undergo. He has worked with numerous media outlets including EWTN, Paulist Press, and Liturgy Training Publications. In addition to his contribution to Pontifex, his art and writing may be found at his website: www.DeaconLawrence.org

 

Accad_20151023Michel Accad, MD, Contributor, practices cardiology and internal medicine in San Francisco. He has a special interest in the connection between the Faith and Aristotelian-Thomistic natural philosophy on the one hand, and modern science, medicine, and economics on the other.  He publishes regularly in peer-reviewed journals of medicine, ethics, or philosophy.  His blog about health care and medicine is AlertandOriented.com.

 

 

cb interviewCaleb Brown, Contributor, is a Master Teacher for Act One‘s Screenwriting Program, which has been training Christians for careers in mainstream entertainment for over fifteen years. His career started in 2009 when someone who saw him speak invited him to offer a course to staff and interns at Lin Studio’s Warner Bros office – a class called ‘How to Watch a Movie’! Caleb’s own original TV pilot, House of Romanov, is currently in consideration at NBC International. He is a graduate of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology part of the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley, CA, with a Masters in Theology and a Masters in Philosophy.

13062253_10153434448895684_1326663662990472510_nMartinho Isidro Correia, Contributor, is an established artist and teacher whose work is in private collections in Italy, England, Portugal, Australia, the USA, Canada and Colombia. His painting “Anastasis” is in the collection of Cardinal Piacenza in the Vatican. Martinho is graduate of the European University/Pontifical Athenaeum, ‘Regina Apostolorum’ in Rome (Masters in Architecture, Sacred Art and Liturgy), University of Calgary (BFA in Painting), University of British Colombia in Vancouver (BEd in Art Education), Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy (Diploma in Drawing and Painting). Martinho has also studied with Odd Nerdrum (painting), David Kassan (painting) and Glenn Vilppu (anatomy and drawing). Currently Martinho splits his time between Canada and Europe. He has taught at the Angel Academy in Florence for many years.

 

DSC_0070finalCarrie Gress, Contributor, has a doctorate in philosophy from the Catholic University of America. She is the author of two books, Nudging Conversions: A Practical Guide to Bringing Those You Love Back to the Church and Ultimate Makeover: The Transforming Power of Motherhood. She is the co-author with George Weigel of City of Saints: A Pilgrims Guide to John Paul II’s Krakow. Her work has been published in Aleteia, Catholic World Report, CatholicVote, The National Catholic Register, Real Clear Religion, and Zenit, and has been translated into seven languages.

 

 

 

visco-head-shot-florenceAnthony Visco, Contributor,  is the founder and director of the Atelier for the Sacred Arts in Philadelphia. He is and experienced and sought after instructor and lecturer and each summer he teaches at the Sacred Art School in Florence, Italy. Known for his work in sculpture, relief sculpture as well as paintings he has had many major commissions including St. Joseph’s National Shrine in Old Philadelphia, Daylesford Abbey in Paoli, PA, the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, the Saint Rita National Shrine in Philadelphia.  Since 2004 he has performed as fine arts coordinator for the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, WI.

 

 

KeriWiederspahnCourtesyJustinSchwartzKeri Wiederspahn, Contributor,  is an iconographer who received her BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York City and later pursued Christian Russian-Byzantine iconography, studying under the late renowned Russian iconographer Ksenia Pokrovsky. Her work has been exhibited in galleries, churches, and museums throughout New England and in private collections internationally. Formerly a senior manager of the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Keri is currently director of OQ Farm: A Creative Sanctuary — a new initiative to bring a Christian arts colony into existence that centers around supporting the artist through both creative and spiritual renewal on a 500-acre farm in Bridgewater, Vermont. Her website is www.iconeyestudio.com.

 

geoffyGeoffrey YovanovicContributor,  is based in Atlanta where he is a key member of the design team of the architecture firm Norman Davenport Askins, Architect. He is a graduate of the University of Miami and University of Notre Dame architecture schools and is a winner of the  Addison Mizner Medal from the Florida Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art in recognition of excellence in classical design. He is also a graduate of the Way of Beauty Summer Atelier at Thomas More College!