Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche, an international network of communities where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together as peers, has received the 2015 Templeton Prize at an inspirational ceremony at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square London at 6pm on 18th May.

  Valued at £1.1 million (about $1.7 million or €1.5 million), the Templeton Prize is one of the world's largest annual awards given to an individual.

Jean Vanier has determined that 100% of the Prize money will be used to benefit people with intellectual disabilities, who are among the most oppressed people on the planet. The Prize money will be gifted to L’Arche, Faith and Light, and through them to other organizations in financially poor countries who are working to lift up the lives and reveal the unique gifts of people with intellectual disabilities.

The largest amount will be used to fund new and innovative L’Arche projects in financially poor countries. Jean hopes that the Templeton Prize will inspire others to join him in financially investing in the lives of people with an intellectual disability.”

 

2015 Templeton Prize Ceremony 

 

 

“Let us meet across differences
– intellectual, cultural, national,
racial, religious”
Jean Vanier

The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. Learn more

Resources

Press Toolkit
International Contact List
11 March-Association Jean Vanier Press release
11 March-Templeton Foundation Press release
11 March-Statement by Jean Vanier
18 March-Templeton Foundation Press release
18 May-JeanVanierTempletonTalk.pdf

Past Prize Winners

Desmond
Tutu
2013
Dalaï
Lama
2012
Alexandre
Soljenytsine
1983
Brother
Roger
1974
Mother
Teresa
1973

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