JOHN & ASHLEY NORONHA
We're Americans living and loving "la dolce vita" in Rome, Italy.
We moved to the Eternal City right after we walked down the aisle in 2008, in John's hometown of Bangalore, India.
We love our faith and sharing it, and do that as speakers, media personalities, and university professors.
We were honored with the Springtime Award for Outstanding Service in the New Evangelization and work for the renewal of faith and culture through the Truth & Beauty Experience.
In 2017 we also founded the non-profit "Truth & Beauty Project" to help people come to Rome to understand the roots of their faith and Christian identity, using art and beauty to teach what it means to live an authentic Christian life. We hope you can come to Rome and experience this with us too!
We love breaking open Rome and its beauty for visitors of all ages. For those who can't come to Rome, we got the chance to share a little taste of it in a different way, when we hosted the EWTN television series, Art & Faith.
Fun fact: John was formerly a professional tap dancer and we just love to cut a rug and dance together - our favorites are ballroom, swing and Latin!
As a hardcore engineer, I never imagined that one day I'd fall in love with art and beauty, and actually teach university students how to peel back the layers to allow those things to transform their lives.
But sure enough, I've gone from the lab to the classroom to the streets of Rome, where I teach Sacred Art & Architecture and Theology at various universities. But since you can't 'take the engineer out of the man,' I also enjoy teaching Technology at the Pontifical University of the
My educational background is pretty "diverse" with Master's
degrees in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering,
Theology, Philosophy, the Thought of Ratzinger, Augustinian
Studies, and in Computer Engineering and Information
Systems. On the side, I'm a Doctoral candidate in Bioethics.
Many years ago I felt God calling me to leave my dream job.
After reaching the highest level of technology as a corporate
executive with Verizon Global Telecommunications, I felt God
calling me to pursue Philosophy and Theology. I haven't looked back since. In fact, it's been a joy to integrate all of these fields together. I also got to use my technology background as the TV producer for the show Voice of the Vatican.
I serve as a consultant in various capacities, including for the
Vatican when the Pope appointed me to the Papal Reform
Commission, with the task of investigating the Holy See’s need
for organizational, financial and strategic reform of the Vatican.
God sure comes up with interesting and delightful plans that
we could never imagine!
I'm passionate about sharing the faith and using all methods and means to do it! That's why I've so enjoyed serving as the Rome Correspondent for the Relevant Radio Network since 2012. It's a joy to invite listeners to "visit" Rome each week, via the gift of the airwaves.
I also enjoy working in television and commercials and was the
host and anchor of the weekly TV news show "Voice of the
Vatican." Although I really appreciate that with radio, I don't have to wear 4k HD makeup or have every strand of hair in place!
My two most interesting bosses ... were Popes! I was formerly
a Vatican Official at the Pontifical Council for Social
Communications in the Holy See and worked under Pope
Benedict XVI and then Pope Francis. Over the years I've been
featured on various global TV news networks as an expert on
Teaching is near and dear to my heart and since 2013 I've
been a Professor at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross
here in Rome. In 2010, I created a course called "Media Training for Priests" and since then have been teaching it at the NAC and to priests and seminarians all over the world.
My areas of academic expertise are Conflict Resolution, Crisis
Communications, Public Speaking and Media Training, so I
consult for organizations and religious leaders on four
Before I did my STL in Communications or Masters in Theology, I was an executive in lifestyle marketing for Kraft Foods, Discover Card, JCPenney, 3Com and Universal Pictures.
I like looking at life as a great adventure of Providence!
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