18335 W 168th Terrace
Olathe, Kansas 66062
Join us in Welcoming
Director of Sacred Liturgy, Music and Art
Fernando was born in Orizaba, a small valley in Veracruz, Mexico near the Pico de Orizaba, which is the highest volcanic summit in North America. From his very early childhood he admired the beauty of the Church in art, in the great architecture of his home parish (a Franciscan convent), in the stained glass windows, and especially in the music he heard when attending Mass with his parents and his sister.
He started playing the organ at Mass when he was 13, and from then on, he has never stopped serving the Church. Fernando loves to conduct choirs, as he realizes that choirs have a special vocation: they gather people from different backgrounds and provide an excellent environment to learn from each other while praising God.
He is a PhD Candidate in music conducting. He holds a master's degree in music composition and arrangement, and has a bachelor of music. In Puebla, Mexico, where he's lived for the past 12 years, he was accompanist for the Schola Cantorum of the Palafoxiano Pontifical Seminary, with whom recorded two albums.
Last Summer, while attending the Sacra Liturgia Conference in Menlo Park, California, Fernando crossed paths with Dr. Lucas Tappan, who is a wonderful music director working at Most Pure Heart of Mary in Topeka. Fr. Farrar had discussed the music position opening at St. John Paul II with Lucas, and after he got to know Fernando and listened to him play and sing, Lucas called Fr. Farrar and said, “You ought to visit with Fernando. He’s good!” The rest, as they say, is history.
Fernando is super excited to be at JPII and looks forward to meeting parishioners and developing choirs and the overall music program. Be on the lookout for invitations to grow in your musical abilities and to serve the Lord with music!
Feel free to reach out to Fernando if you're interested in singing at Mass, or just to say, "Welcome!"