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Who Is Jean Vanier?


Acclaimed as “a Canadian who inspires the world” (Maclean's Magazine) and a “nation builder” (The Globe and Mail), Jean Vanier is the founder of the international movement of L'Arche communities, where people who have developmental disabilities and the friends who assist them create homes and share life together.

Born in 1928 in Geneva Switzerland, where his father was serving as a Canadian diplomat. Vanier is the son of former Governor-General Georges Vanier and Pauline Vanier. He was educated in England and Canada and grew up speaking both French and English.

Jean Vanier has become a leader in consciousness-raising about the suffering of all who are marginalized. He isinternationally recognized for his compelling vision of what it means to live a fully human life and for his social and spiritual leadership in building a compassionate society. He has written a number of best-selling books. Vanier resides inthe original L'Arche community in Trosly-Breuil, France, when he is not travelling and speaking.