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Florence Gradisek

Coordinator of Liturgy and Music

Florence graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1972 and was certified to teach in the Pennsylvania Secondary School system, grades 7 to 12.  She began her musical career at St. Edward Church as Principal Organist and teacher in the St. Edward Catholic School in Herminie at age 23. She studied choral music under Sister Helen Muha, Dean of the Voice Department at Seton Hill College (University) and was employed at the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg, Immaculate Conception Parish in Irwin, St. John de la Salle Parish in Delmont, and St. Sylvester Parish in Slickville before coming to St. Regis Parish in August of 1993.  At St. Regis Parish, she immediately began the Children's Voice and Chime Ensemble, the Teen Youth Chorale, and in 2004, from the Church Renovation donations, and with the Parish purchasing a two-octave set of hand bells, she was able to establish a Hand bell Choir.  These choirs continue to add great beauty and excitement to the Masses on weekends and holydays.  The Cantor Program was revamped the first year of her employment and more teens have been encouraged to cantor on a regular basis and musically-inclined teens to be important parts of the total Worship Team. The Parish Lectors have been studying in the Lector Achievement Program since 2007 and, as Coordinator of Liturgy, Florence also holds to high standards the Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers and Ministers of Hospitality:  all are asked to grow in their ministries.  The St. Regis Parish continues to sing hymns and psalms and to worship God with its whole heart and soul, reaching greater heights as the years pass!