Qoruyo Lahdo Akbulut receives Pierre Dunia Award
This years’ recipient of the Pierre Dunia award was Qoruyo Lahdo Akbulut from the St. Gabriel Parish in Hackensack, New Jersey. Quruyo Akbulut was selected as a result of several recommendations based on his level of commitment, frequency of attendance and positive impact on other altar servants.
The Pierre Dunia Annual Exemplary Altar Servant Award was presented on June 30th, in conjunction with the 29th Syriac Orthodox Youth Convention, which was hosted by the St. Gabriel parish. The distinguished framed certificate was signed by His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim and presented in the presence of Suhail and Suzan Dunia.
Suhail and Suzan Dunia of New Jersey have set up this annual award in memory of their son Pierre, an altar servant of the Church of the Virgin Mary in Paramus, New Jersey, who passed away on November 21, 2005.
The award is annually given to an altar servant from our parishes in North America during the Holy Liturgy celebrated in conjunction with the Annual Youth Convention.