National St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival
- The National Festival
- Preparing for a Local Oratorical Festival
- Oratorical Festival Manual
2022 Festival Information
- Forms and Registration
- SJCOF Manual (pdf)
- Direct Archdiocesan District
- Metropolis of Atlanta
- Metropolis of Boston
- Metropolis of Chicago
- Metropolis of Denver
- Metropolis of Detroit
- Metropolis of New Jersey
- Metropolis of Pittsburgh
- Metropolis of San Francisco
- The St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Facebook (Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on SJCOF News.)
Introduced in 1983, the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival provides Greek Orthodox teenagers the opportunity to write and talk about their faith. The Oratorical Festival Program begins at the parish level and 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. Currently, the top three speakers of each division receive college scholarships of $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000. This year, each Honorable Mention speaker was awarded $500.
Katherine Orfanakos Demacopoulos serves as the Archdiocese Festival Chairperson.
The 38th National Oratorical Festival will be hosted by the Metropolis of Denver and the Parish of Holy Trinity in Dallas, Tx on June 3-5th, 2022.
Each finalist receives an additional scholarship award from FAITH: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism as part of its grant to the Archdiocese. FAITH has made these awards to Oratorical Festival Finalists since 2007. We are grateful to the Founders of FAITH for their generous support of the youth of our Archdiocese and the Finalists of the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival.
- Read more about the FAITH St. John Chrusostom Award Scholarships on their website, here.
Each Senior and Junior division First, Second and Third place finalists at the Parish, District, Metropolis and National levels of competition, are eigible to receive a Chrysostom Scholarship upon acceptance to Hellenic College. This scholarship provides awards ranging from $2,500 up to $30,000 per year for four years.
- Click here for more information about the scholarship.
- To reigister, please fill out the registration form found here.
- For a printable Flyer to display at your Parish, District and Metropolis level festivals, click here.
- Letter to Priest
The Holy Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church in Brookville, NY, has held one of the more successful Oratorical Festival programs in our Archdiocese. A key to their success has been excellent organization and ongoing contact by the festival's chairperson with everyone involved at the local level, as well as with the District, Metropolis, and Archdiocese.
The Department is very grateful to Mrs. Vivian Casil for sharing a set of downloadable (pdf) letters and handouts used by the Resurrection parish that you might find helpful as you organize your parish Oratorical Festival.