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The 2017 Metropolis St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival will be held on the weekend of March 17 - 19, 2017 and will be hosted by St. Demetrios parish in Fort Worth, Texas. Registration and event information pages for the 2017 event can be found 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 has issued a manual for use by parish and Metropolis Oratorical Festival chairmen, as well as Festival tips, which assists in implementation and provides governance for the event.
Archived pictures and audio from previous Metropolis of Denver Oratorical Festivals are available on our website.
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. She can be contacted at:
Ms. Georgeton may be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at: 281-468-2220