“Year of Schmemann” begins, honoring 100 years since birth of Fr. Alexander

The Year of Schmemann
  • (Update: 17 March 2021)

Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary has begun its year of honoring the legacy of former dean and renowned theologian Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann (1921-1983). The year 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of Fr. Alexander's birth.

The "Year of Schmemann" celebrations kicked off Tuesday, January 26, 2021 with the release of an unearthed recording of Schmemann. His words, captured decades ago—on a recording which recently came into the Seminary's possession—are anything but dated. They are further proof that Fr. Alexander remains "A Voice for Our Time."

Celebrations continued Saturday, January 30, 2021 with The 38th Annual Father Alexander Schmemann Memorial LectureThe online event coincided with the release of the bookA Voice for Our Time: Radio Liberty Talks, Vol. 1, featuring an English translation of Schmemann’s broadcasts into the Soviet Union. New York Times bestselling author Rod Dreher, who wrote the foreword for the book, delivered this year’s lecture.

On March 17, 2021 St. Vladimir's launched the new podcast, Schmemann Speaks, featuring the words and wisdom of Fr. Alexander from the archives of the Seminary. Listen to the latest episodes below, or subscribe and download Schmemann Speaks on your favorite platforms (Spotify, iTunes, Google Music, and more to come).


Year of Schmemann celebrations will continue throughout 2021.

May the memory of Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann be eternal!