The Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival was established in 1983 by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to provide teenagers with an opportunity to write and talk about their faith. The Oratorical Festival Program has two levels: a Junior Division for students in the 7th through 9th grades and a Senior Division for those in the 10th through 12th grades.
The top speakers in each division from the parishes advance to the Metropolis level, and the two division finalists represent the Metropolis in the Archdiocese Finals.
Parish finalists in the Metropolis of Denver travel to the host parish and participate in activities throughout the weekend, culminating with the delivery of their speeches before Metropolitan Isaiah, the other participants and their parents, and the judges.
The Archdiocese Department of Religious Education issues an annual manual and festival tips for use by parish and Metropolis Oratorical Festival chairmen, which assist in implementation and provides governance for the event.
The Metropolis of Denver Oratorical Coordinator, Mrs. Maria Georgeton, assists the clergy and Oratorical Festival chairs in facilitating the various parish and Metropolis level festivals. Ms. Georgeton may be reached by phone at 281-468-2220, or at email@example.com.
The 2019 Metropolis Oratorical Festival will be held April 5-7, 2019 and will be hosted by St. Spyridon Parish in Loveland, Colorado. Read the welcome letter from Fr. Evan Armatas.
Please click HERE for a schedule of the weekend's events
Registration will be open from February 15 - March 15, 2019. Cost of Registration is $150
Please note: each participant must be accompanied by at least one registered chaperone.
Oratorical Festival participants and their families will stay at the
Quality Inn and Suites in Loveland, Colorado
1500 N. Cheyenne Ave.
Loveland, CO 80538
Please be sure to reserve hotel rooms by March 15 for your parish's participants.
Hotel Reservations should be made over the phone. Please call Quality Inn and Suites in Loveland, CO. at 970-593-0100 and reference St. Spyridon Orthodox Church to receive the discounted rate.
For any questions, please contact Oratorical Chairperon, AnnaGrace Knudsten at firstname.lastname@example.org.