2023 Oratorical Festival Topic Tips & Resources Releases by Department of Religious Education – From the Archdiocese

2023 Oratorical Festival Topic Tips & Resources Releases by Department of Religious Education

The Department of Religious Education (DRE) is pleased to announce the release of the 2023 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Topic Tips and Resources. Formerly known as “Topic Tips” for young participants only, this year DRE has extended it to “Topic Tips & Resources” for participants, parents, mentors, GOYA counselors and religious educators.

Topics Tips & Resources includes a bibliography with extensive resources such as books, articles, videos, websites and liturgical documents. As well as suggestions, food for thought and questions on each topic to help participants reflect on, develop and write their Speech Festival speeches. Now parents, mentors and GOYA counselors can better help participants on the wide range of topics with ease and confidence. And now Sunday School teachers can guide their students through a discussion on one of ten topics, and even turn a class into a writing session to encourage all young people to participate in their speaking festival of the church.

Check out the 2023 thematic tips and resources: https://www.goarch.org/documents/32058/7302557/2023_SJCOF_Topic_Tips_%26_Resources+%28web%29.pdf/a1e3c06d-4284-453e-994d-e56886eafedd

Now in its 39th year, the Oratory Festival of St. John Chrysostom is a national DRE program where Orthodox youth give talks about the Greek Orthodox faith and the Church. Young people can explore and deepen their faith and hone their speech writing and public speaking skills. Finalists can win significant rewards and scholarships in the national finals. And finalists can also win scholarships at each of the three levels. The oratory festival is centered on faith, education and fraternity.


The Oratory Festival is divided into the Senior Division (grades 10-12) and the Junior Division (grades 7-9). Participants start at the parish level, which begins the new year. Then go to the District or Metropolis level. And then two finalists representing each metropolis in the archdiocese advance to the national final, which will take place June 9-11, 2023 and will be hosted by the New Jersey metropolis at St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church in Clifton.


All participants in the national final will receive prizes from the Festival oratoire de Saint-Jean Chrysostom ranging from $500 to $2,000 and FAITH: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism (coming soon). Finalists at all levels are eligible to receive the Hellenic College Chrysostom Scholarship ranging from $2,500 to $30,000 per year.


Register for the Oratory Festival as a parish president or participant today: www.goarch.org/-/st-john-chrysostom-oratorical-festival-forms-and-registration


Keep up to date with this year’s Festival Oratoire by subscribing to the new email subscription service: www.goarch.org/departments/religious/lists Or follow the Festival Oratoire on Instagram and Facebook: @goarchORATORICAL

Have questions? Please contact :

Department of Religious Education

E-mail: [email protected] | Toll Free: 800-566-1088

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Jessica C. Bell