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Atlanta Metropolis and Miami Cathedral Plan OratoricalFestival Finals

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  • Rev Fr John Brian
    GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA 8-10 East 79th St. New York, NY 10021 Tel: (212) 570-3530 Fax: (212) 774-0215 Web: http://www.goarch.org Email:
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 2, 2007
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      8-10 East 79th St. New York, NY 10021
      Tel: (212) 570-3530 Fax: (212) 774-0215
      Web: http://www.goarch.org
      Email: communications@...

      News Release

      March 28, 2007

      Contact: Anton C. Vrame, PhD., Director
      Department of Religious Education
      Tel: (617) 850-1218; Fax: (617) 850-1489
      E-mail: tonyvrame@...


      The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Religious Education, under the
      direction of Dr. Anton Vrame, has announced that the 2007 St. John
      Chrysostom Archdiocese Oratorical Festival will be hosted by the Metropolis
      of Atlanta and the parish of St. Sophia Cathedral in Miami, Florida during
      the weekend of June 15-17, 2007. The Miami host committee, under the
      co-chairmanship of the Very Rev.
      Stavroforos Mamaies, Mrs. Evangeline Mekras Scurtis and Dr. Elaine Andrews
      Lailas are currently finalizing the events.

      The eighteen national finalists and their families, upon their arrival in
      Miami and check-in at the Intercontinental Miami, will attend a Paraklesis
      at St. Sophia Cathedral and be welcomed by the His Eminence Metropolitan
      Alexios of Atlanta and the Very Rev.
      Stavroforos Mamaies, Dean of the Cathedral. A dinner social and ice-breaker
      will follow with His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and Dr. Anton Vrame.

      The Oratorical Festival will be held on Saturday morning at the St.
      Sophia Cathedral in Miami. It is expected that many faithful will attend
      this exciting annual event. The results of the Oratorical Festival will be
      announced at the Awards Luncheon that will be held immediately after the
      presentation of the speeches at the Cathedral.
      The top speaker in each division will receive a $2000 college scholarship;
      second place speakers will receive a $1500 college scholarship and the
      speakers who receive third place recognition will each be awarded a $1000
      college scholarship. The other metropolis finalists will receive a rank of
      Honorable Mention and will be given a $500 US Savings Bond. Anyone wishing
      to donate to the Oratorical Festival Foundation, which makes these
      scholarships possible, may do so by contacting the Department of Religious
      Education at 800-566-1088.

      A Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Sunday at St.
      Sophia Cathedral. Celebrants will be His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and
      His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios, as well as, Fr. John Orfanakos,
      Archdiocese Co-chairman of the Oratorical Festival, and the Very Rev.
      Stavroforos Mamaies.

      The Oratorical Festival theme for 2007 is The Menaia. While all parish
      festivals and district Oratorical Festivals have already taken place,
      individuals may still have the opportunity to hear the speakers at one of
      Metropolis Oratorical Festivals held throughout the Archdiocese, most of
      which take place during the month of May.
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