St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church has another addition to its chapel that they are very proud of. Father Jairo Lopez, pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church in Marble Falls, has once again produced a beautiful work of art — this time for the dome of the chapel.
Father Lopez is indeed a talented artist who studies and then determines what path he should follow. He felt that the original architects of the chapel designed it to reflect the environment. Since the dome was opened to the sky, he used the blues in his design to show that beauty. The design uses wheat in the center representing the bread of the Eucharist and the grapes representing the wine. But, he explained that the Eucharist is much more than that, it also represents the community.
The work is a combination of mosaic and stained glass methods used to bring in the light through the various colors of glass. It will be seen differently during the day and during the night. It is made of all recycled glass and round and half round glass circles transmit the light at varying angles. When asked where all the recycled glass comes from, Father Lopez said his parish has many receptions that provide the glass.
Jairo Lopez was born in Sogomoso, Columbia. He completed his philosophical studies at the Roman Catholic Seminary in Tunja, Columbia. Father Lopez moved to the United States in 1992 and completed his Theological Studies at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida. He was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1994.
He studied art at St. Edwards University in Austin and spent two summers at the Mosaic Art School in Ravenna, Italy. He specialized in oil paint and mosaic art. He has served at St. John’s since 1999 and his artistic creations grace the church and its grounds. Father Lopez also has pieces of mosaic art displayed in Marble Falls that can be seen as you wander through the town viewing all the outdoor sculptures.