Founder of L’Arche receives renowned international awardFriday, March 20, 2015
Mr. Jean Vanier has received the 2015 Templeton Prize. This renowned international distinction was “for his innovative discovery of the central role of vulnerable people in the creation of a more just, inclusive and humane society”.
Son of Georges and Pauline Vanier, Jean Vanier is the founder of L’Arche, a federation of 147 communities in 35 countries and on five continents, including many across Canada. In these communities people with intellectual disabilities and those who accompany them share daily life together under the same roof. Together with Marie Helene Mathieu, Mr. Vanier also co-founded Faith and Light, a network for people with intellectual disabilities and their entourage which today includes 1,500 communities in 82 countries. His father Georges Vanier was Governor General of Canada from 1959 until his death in 1967.
The John Templeton Foundation is based in the United Kingdom. Its annual Templeton Prize honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works. Its previous winners include Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Desmond Tutu, and the Dalai Lama. The current value of the annual prize is US $1.7 million.