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Statement on Jean Vanier.

Jean Vanier, a Canadian Catholic philosopher and theologian, was the founder of L’Arche, the international network of communities where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together as peers.

Vanier began L’Arche in northern France in 1964, when he invited two intellectually disabled men to leave a large institution and live with him as friends. It has grown into 147 residential communities operating in 35 countries. L’Arche encourages people toward mutually transformative relationships, where those who help are transformed by those they encounter.