Atlanta Metropolis and Miami Cathedral Plan OratoricalFestival Finals
- GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA
8-10 East 79th St. New York, NY 10021
Tel: (212) 570-3530 Fax: (212) 774-0215
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2007
Contact: Anton C. Vrame, PhD., Director
Department of Religious Education
Tel: (617) 850-1218; Fax: (617) 850-1489
ATLANTA METROPOLIS AND MIAMI CATHEDRAL
PLAN ORATORICAL FESTIVAL FINALS
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.
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.