Fr. Alexander Schmemann was born in Estonia to Russian émigrés. His family moved to France, where he received his university education. He married Juliana Osorguine in 1943, before completing his theological studies at the [[Orthodox Theological Institute of St. Sergius (Paris, France)|Orthodox Theological Institute of St. Sergius]] in Paris and was [[ordination|ordained]] a priest in 1946.
[[Image:Schmemann_and_Solzhenitsyn.jpg|left|thumb|250px|Matushka Juliana Schmemann, Fr. Alexander, and [[Alexander Solzhenitsyn]]]]