Oratorical Festival 2020
After thoughtful consideration, the National Oratorical Festival Committee made the decision to cancel the National Festival. Therefore, all Parish, District, and Metropolis Festivals will not proceed for 2020. We thank all those who were able to participate this year. We encourage parishes to showcase their speakers and essay writers via parish websites and digital publications. For the official announcement from the National Oratorical Committee please, click the here.
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 protected].
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