Dedicated Choir Director, Michael Pilat, Receives Order of St. Romanos

PARMA, OH [DOM] – On Friday, September 8, His Eminence Archbishop Daniel of Chicago and the Midwest traveled to Holy Trinity Church in Parma, Ohio, for an archpastoral visit, where he prayed at Daily Vespers with the community there.

Following the Vespers, His Eminence presented Michael Pilat with the Order of St. Romanos, awarded by the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America to influential arrangers, composers, teachers, and conductors. He also presented a diocesan gramota to Protodeacon Anthony Kall, recognizing 25 years of service in the diaconate at Holy Trinity. A festive reception for all was held in the church hall following the service and award presentations.

Michael Pilat is recently retired as choirmaster at Holy Trinity following 57 years of service leading choirs in the Orthodox Church in Paramus and Wayne, New Jersey, Lorain, Ohio and here in Parma. He is also a music educator and composer of liturgical music. Protodeacon Anthony is also a retired educator in the technological field in the Parma School System.

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