Jean Vanier

In 1964 Jean Vanier founded L'Arche by welcoming two men with developmental disabilities from an institution to live with him in Trosly-Breuil, France. From that simple beginning L'Arche today has over 120 faith-based communities in 30 countries throughout the world. Jean continues to live in the L'Arche Community in Trosly-Breuil. L'Arche has been called one of the most significant Christian ministries of the 20th Century. In fact Jean Vanier recently received the Paul VI International Prize for his lay ministry work. In recognizing Jean 's work, Pope John-Paul II stated, "Over the past 30 years L'Arche has grown to become a dynamic and providential sign of the civilization of love."

The Art and Practice of Prayer


Detoxing from not enough.

The Passage Of Prayer


Jean Vanier on the passage...the growth through prayer.

Loved As You Are


How do small communities of faith impact the community at large? Jean Vanier's crazy ideas about love have something to do with it.

Thirsting For Friendship


L'Arche founder Jean Vanier on his friendship with Henry Nouwen.

Silence, Humility and The Enemy


Is the heart of the discovery of discipleship the love of the enemy? Jean Vanier on silence and humility in community.

Everyone Is Beautiful


Jean Vanier thinks that everyone is beautiful and fundamentally good...really good. Do you?

Recommended Reading By Jean Vanier

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