The 2021 Desk Calendar of the Orthodox Church in America is currently in print and, for the first time, is now also fully available in PDF format (Single Page view; Double Page view). Complimentary copies, once again, are being sent to all priests and deacons — assigned, attached and retired — as well as clergy widows and monastic institutions during the coming two weeks.
The calendar includes ample space for daily notations and memos and a mini-directory of OCA ministries, departments, boards, commissions, diocesan chanceries, and seminaries. Key liturgical commemorations and significant historical dates for the year are also noted.
Unlike previous editions, the 2021 Desk Calendar does not include significant diocesan and national events such as diocesan assemblies, seminary commencement dates, Holy Synod and Metropolitan Council meetings, etc. This is primarily due to the ongoing public health crisis that makes the dates of these events difficult to schedule. In order to respond to this challenge, but also to facilitate the communication of the most up-to-date events dates, in early Fall 2020, oca.org was enhanced with a web calendar that features special commemorations and various events from the Central Administration and the Departments of the Orthodox Church in America, as well as events from Dioceses, Seminaries, and other Institutions.
After much consideration, it was decided that this will be the last year that the Desk Calendar is published in the present form. Alternatively, we are considering different types of publications that could be made available at the end of each calendar year. More and more people are now using digital calendars that are making physical planners and calendars obsolete. We understand that there are clergy that have faithfully used the Desk Calendar for many years. We appreciate your support and apologize for any inconvenience.
As we look at 2021 with hope after a particularly challenging year marked by the pandemic, political unrest, and financial distress, each of the months of this year’s calendar includes a scriptural quote encouraging faith and trust in our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ Who is our only hope.
NOTE: Any clergy, widow, or monastic institution who has not received their copy by December 31, 2020 should also contact Barry Migyanko.