"Ioana’s passion for icons helped me understand how they are not simply beautiful objects, but, as she described them, 'windows to the soul.' She explained how there is always a deeper meaning to be found behind the icon, just as there is always a deeper meaning to be found in our faith. Her understanding about the difference between an icon and a portrait was fascinating and echoed Cardinal Ratzinger’s suggested movement in images. She observed that an icon goes further than a portrait, that 'it brings you back to yourself and back to God.'”  E. Steel, PhD Candidate, Princeton Theological Seminary