It is with immense sadness that we have learned of the death of Jean Vanier. We grieve with all those close to him.

To remember the fecundity of the life of the founder of L'Arche and Faith & Light, we invite you to visit L’Arche’s website and to share your own memories of Jean there. Information about upcoming commemorative events, the Obituary and a Press Kit can be found on the same website.

Renowned philosopher, writer and humanist Jean Vanier is the founder of two international organizations for people with intellectual disabilities, L’Arche and Faith and Light. He has been a progressive advocate for marginalized people in society for over five decades, inviting us to discover the profound teachings and the gifts that they offer.

Jean with a group of persons

“Genuine healing happens here, not in miraculous cures, but through mutual respect, care, and love. Paradoxically, vulnerability becomes a source of strength and wholeness, a place of reconciliation and communion with others.”
– Jean Vanier

Templeton Prize 2015

Jean Vanier was awarded the 2015 Templeton Prize for his innovative understanding of the central role of vulnerable people in the creation of a more just, inclusive and humane society.

Templeton Prize 2015 logo

Templeton Prize 2015, group photo