The Spirit of St. Vladimir’s

Fr. Alexander Schmemann was a bright light in the American Orthodox Christian Church who died in 1983. As the Dean of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York, he was a prolific writer and gifted speaker who influenced a generation of future clergy and laypeople. His crowning achievement was laying the groundwork for the independence of the North American diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church which occurred in 1970 when Moscow granted the Tomos of Autocephaly thereby creating the Orthodox Church in America.

While I look upon Fr. Alexander as a historical figure from an earlier generation, his influence is still to be seen today across many Orthodox jurisdictions.  The video is a tribute to the late Fr. Alexander which aired on CBS Television shortly after his funeral. Fr. Alexander appeared on CBS programs from time to time, and helped raise the profile of Orthodox Christianity which still flies under the radar of many Americans who generally separate Christians into either Protestants or Roman Catholics.

The link below takes you to a wraparound article at the Orthodox Christian Network website:

A CBS Documentary about Fr. Alexander Schmemann.


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