Jean Vanier

Canadian Catholic philosopher, humanitarian, and founder of L’Arche

he founded communities where people with developmental disabilities and those who care for them share life together.

He teaches us to break down religious and personal barriers

                   Encounter with God

he and his mother went to assist survivors of Nazi concentration camps

Seeing the emaciated victims, their faces twisted with fear and anguish, was a profoundly moving encounter for him, which he never forgot

shortly after he felt a strong inner spiritual calling to do “something else,” he resigned his naval commission

Shortly after he began to study Philosophy and started to reach out to God

Believed that God sent him to help others


In 1964, through Vanier's friendship with a priest named Father Thomas Philippe, he became aware of the plight of thousands of people institutionalised with developmental disabilities.

He also assisted in institution schools. He expanded his efforts and established L'Arche at Trosly-Breuil

encouraging and accompanying the people who come to live in L'Arche as assistants to those with disabilities.

    Morality and Acceptance from God

Jean has 5 moral principles that he encourages other people to follow

Jean is giving everyone the help and respect they need and supporting the people that need help the most which is what God would want each of us to do

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