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Holy Trinity Parish, Parma, OH honors choir director’s 40 years of service

PARMA, OH [MW Diocese Communications] — On Sunday, October 5, 2014, the clergy and faithful of Holy Trinity Parish here honored Michael Pilat and his wife, Lois, for their 40 years of continued choral ministry in the parish.

Holy Trinity Parish Parma OH honors choir director's 40 years of service
Father Alexander Garklavs honors Michael and Lois Pilat.

A music major during his college years, Michael later enrolled in Saint Vladimir’s Seminary’s academic music program and was the first to graduate in that field.

In addition to leading the choir, Michael has composed music and led his choir in many pan-Orthodox holiday concerts and international music festivals.  He has also formed a Russian Male Choir that performs regularly for church functions as well as at various cultural events across the Cleveland area.

In recognition of his accomplishments, Archpriest Alexander Garklavs, rector, presented Michael and Lois with a gramota on behalf of the Diocesan Locum Tenens, His Grace, Bishop Alexander, and an icon of Saint Romanos on behalf of the parish.  Other gifts were presented at the festive luncheon that followed the Divine Liturgy.

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