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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.
Templeton Prize winner illustrates how a burden can be a blessing
The Weekend Interview: The Gift of Living With the Not Gifted
Interview with Jean Vanier (at 23:50)
Jean Vanier récompensé du prix Templeton en faveur de l’intégration des handicapés mentaux
Editorial: A well deserved honour for Jean Vanier
Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche, wins $2.1-million Templeton Prize
Interview with Jean Vanier (at 44:25)
Jean Vanier, Untiring Advocate For People With Disabilities, Wins Templeton Prize
Jean Vanier, friend of developmentally disabled, wins Templeton Prize
Advocate of disabled wins $1.7 million Templeton Prize for 2015