Introduced in 1983, the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival provides Greek Orthodox teenagers the opportunity to explore a deeper knowledge of the Orthodox faith; think critically about current issues; and speak to a gentle and loving audience by professing their faith.
Our Sunday school students have been busy preparing their individual speeches around specific topics provided by the Archdiocese Religious Studies Office for this year’s festival.
Please join us for this inspiring event on Sunday, March 10th following the Divine Liturgy. You won’t want to miss it!
The Oratorical Festival Program is divided into three divisions:
- Elementary Division (local festival only) for students in grades 4–6
- Junior Division for students in grades 7–9
- Senior Division for student in grades 10–12
The top speakers in the Junior and Senior Divisions advance to the district level. Two finalists in each district division represent the district at the Metropolis Oratorical Festival. The top speaker in each metropolis division is then selected to participate in the Archdiocese Finals, which is hosted by a different metropolis each year. All eighteen finalists at the Archdiocese Finals participate in a weekend of activities, the highlight of which is the delivery of their speeches on Saturday morning. The Oratorical Festival Scholarship Fund provides college scholarships to the top speakers. 6