Expressive Artist and Aspiring Philosopher

The Person and the World through the Eyes of ITI Students

Every person has something to offer humanity – and this is especially true of our ITI students and graduates who are so richly blessed with talents. They use their gifts and skills to create and to philosophize. They perceive the world as beautiful and transmit its beauty to others through art. They direct their thoughts towards understanding the human person, ideas, facts, and beliefs.  Here we would like to introduce two of ITI’s young men who exemplify this by sharing their experience, knowledge, and inner richness with others.

John Ielmini, a current ITI student in the Liberal Arts Program, is an artist with his own style of painting, which he has created by combining various methods with his own personal touch. He calls his style Semillism. John paints to create - as he says: “I paint to bring the happiness and brightness I see [in the world] to others”. His faith is one of the reasons he became an artist, because “it is through sacred art that [he] grew a real appreciation for the depth and beauty of art.” He developed his way of expressing himself out of his faith-filled outlook on the world. The deep inner life of the young painter has led to beautiful pieces of art. To view the gallery of John’s paintings and find out more about them, you may visit his website:

John Pontifex, an ITI graduate of the Sacred Theology Master Class of 2020, calls himself an aspiring philosopher. He is currently writing a novel, the genre and theme of which he is still keeping under wraps. He also runs a blog entitled “A Philosophical Quest,” where he invites his readers to deep and vibrant discussions of various philosophical questions. John is convinced that the kind of questions a person asks can reveal a lot about who he or she is. In his blog posts, he tackles questions such as “What is beauty?”, “What is laughter?”, and “How do emotions relate to reason?”, and he asks his readers for their comments and constructive criticism. You can join in his discussions at his website: