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Jean Vanier

Jean Vanier in March 2015 when he won the Templeton Prize.
Jean Vanier, a Catholic philosopher and theologian, founded L’Arche in 1964 as a residential community where people with disabilities and volunteers live together, learn from one another, and help one another. Since then L’Arche has grown into an international network of such communities. The experience and spiritual insight Vanier has gained through living in intentional community with disabled people has strongly influenced his writing.  Read Full Biography

Vanier is the author of over thirty books, including Community and Growth, From Brokenness to Community, and Becoming Human. He has received significant recognition for his work, most recently the 2015 Templeton Prize, awarded to a person who has “made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works.” Jean Vanier continues to reside at the original L'Arche community in Trosly-Breuil, France, where he is a member.

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