Joseph Kennedy Foundation Award, with Mother Teresa, Washington D.C., United States, 1971
Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada, 1972
Prize of the Institut de la Vie, France, 1973
Companion of the Order of Canada, 1989
The Maclean’s Honor Roll, Canada, 1990
Royal Bank of Canada Prize, 1991
Grand Officier de l’Ordre national du Québec, Canada, 1992
Humanitarian Award, University of Notre Dame, United States, 1993
Major Superiors of Religious Orders, Toronto, Canada, 1969
Empire Club of Canada, Toronto, Canada, 1971
Conference with Mother Teresa, Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada, 1971
Colloque sur l’enfance inadaptée, Alger, Algeria, 1973
Colloque Réinsertion sociale – La croisée des chemins, University of Ottawa, Canada,1974
General meeting of the International Conference on Social Welfare, Nairobi, Kenya, 1974
Books by Jean Vanier
Life’s Great Questions, Franciscan Media, 2015
The Gospel of John, the Gospel of Relationship, Franciscan Media, 2015
Signs: Seven Words of Hope, Paulist Press, 2014 (In the UK as Signs of the Times: Seven Paths of Hope for a Troubled World, Darton, Longman & Todd, 2013)
Tears of Silence, House of Anansi Press, 2014 (original edition 1974)
Mental Health: The Inclusive Church Resource, with John Swinton, Darton, Longman & Todd, 2014
On May 8, 2015, in London, Jean Vanier was awarded the Templeton Prize. The John Templeton Foundation yearly honors a living person who has made exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works.
Vanier’s five decades of living with deeply vulnerable people have led him to an understanding of weakness and common humanity.
Childhood and Spiritual Search
Jean Vanier was born a Canadian citizen in 1928, the fourth of five children. His father, Georges Vanier, Governor General of Canada from 1959 to 1967, had a diplomatic career that took the family to France and England where Jean spent his childhood.
Jean Vanier is a well-known philosopher, writer, religious and moral leader and the founder of two international organizations dedicated to people with intellectual disabilities: L’Arche and Faith and Light.
Jean Vanier speaks regularly in public forums, inviting us to recognize the gifts and valuable teachings that people with intellectual disabilities bring to society when they are welcomed and loved. Having spent more than fives decades living with these people, Jean Vanier has become a forceful advocate for the weak and the marginalized.