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About the Oratorical Festival
The St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival (Oratorical Festival) is a nationwide Department of Religious Education (DRE) ministry headquartered at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America that centers around faith, education, and fellowship. Orthodox youth participants present speeches discussing the Greek Orthodox faith and the Church through exploring and deepening their faith while honing their speech writing and public speaking skills. National finalists earn sizeable cash awards, and finalists at all three levels earn scholarships.
- The National Oratorical Festival
- Scholarships and Awards
- Preparing for your Oratorical Festival
- Oratorical Festival Manual
- Information for Oratorical Festival Chairpersons
2023 Oratorical Festival Information
2023 Oratorical Festival Promotional Material
St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Logo
2023 Oratorical Festival Topic and Location Launch Ads
2023 Topic Designs
Topic Social Media Graphics
- Cover (1080 x 1080 pixels)
- Junior Division (1080 x 1080 pixels)
- Senior Division (1080 x 1080 pixels)
2023 Parish Poster
- Parish Poster Version 1 (8.5 x 11")
- Parish Poster Version 2 (8.5 x 11")
- Parish Poster Version 3 (8.5 x 11")
2023 Oratorical Festival Topic Tips & Resources Designs
Topic Tips & Resources Graphic Designs
Information for 2023 Oratorical Festival Chairpersons
- Forms and Registration
- Oratorical Festival Manual (PDF)
- Direct Archdiocesan District
- Metropolis of Atlanta
- Metropolis of Boston
- Metropolis of Chicago
- Metropolis of Denver
- Metropolis of Detriot
- Metropolis of New Jersey
- Metropolis of Pittsburgh
- Metropolis of San Francisco
About the Oratorical Festival
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 students in grades 10–12
The top speakers in the Junior and Senior Divisions advance to the district level (if applicable). 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 National Finals, which is hosted by a different metropolis each year.
All eighteen finalists at the National Oratorical Festival participate in a weekend of activities, the highlight of which is the delivery of their speeches on Saturday morning. The Oratorical Festival provides college scholarships and awards to the top speakers.
Katherine Orfanakos Demacopoulos serves as the National Festival Chairperson.
National Oratorical Festival
Each year, the National Oratorical Festival is hosted by a different Metropolis under the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. This year, the 2023 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival will be hosted by the Metropolis of New Jersey at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Clifton, New Jersey from June 9-11.
Last year, the 2022 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical National Festival was hosted by the Metropolis of Denver at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Dallas, Texas from June 3-5.
- News Release: Congratulations to the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival National Finalists
- To watch the recording of the 2022 National Oratorical Festival Finals, click here.
- Click here for pictures and videos from the weekend.
Scholarship and Award Information
Participants at the National Oratorical Festival Finals receive awards from the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Award Fund ranging from $500 to $2000. The Faith Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism Scholarships and the Chrysostom Scholarship Program of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology also offer scholarships to the finalists.
FAITH: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism Awards
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 Chrysostom Award Scholarships on their website, here.
The Chrysostom Scholarship for Hellenic College
Each Senior and Junior division First, Second and Third place finalists at the Parish, District, Metropolis and National levels of competition, are eligible 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.
Preparing for a Local Oratorical Festival
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.