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Jean Vanier & the History of L’Arche

Jean Vanier’s Website

“Jean Vanier, humanist, philosopher, theologian, man of letters is first and foremost described by his companions as a man with heart, a man of compassion. He is a passionate advocate for humanity and truth.”

Jean Vanier, Founder of L’Arche

“The roots of L’Arche International lie in the first L’Arche community, founded in 1964 in Trosly-Breuil, a small village north of Paris. Encouraged by Father Thomas Philippe, a Dominican priest who became his spiritual mentor, Jean Vanier invited two people with intellectual disabilities – Philippe Seux and Raphael Simi – to leave their institution and come and live with him in a small house in Trosly-Breuil, which he named “L’Arche.”

The small community grew fast, soon welcoming new people with an intellectual disability and young people from around the world to share their lives. Unforeseen by Jean, it did not take long for people to decide to create new L’Arche communities in their own countries. And so 1969 saw the creation of the first home in near Toronto, Canada, called “Daybreak,” the first of many later communities in North America. In the 1970’s, the vision of L’Arche also inspired people to found L’Arche in India, the Ivory Coast and Honduras.”

L’Arche and Education

L’Arche Canada’s Education page

L’Arche offers high quality supplementary course materials designed to inspire young people with a vision of a world where everyone belongs and can make a contribution. This is the vision of Jean Vanier–a vision of which L’Arche is one manifestation. “You can choose…You can do something beautiful with your lives” Vanier tell today’s youth. L’Arche materials are written by professional educators and have received excellent evaluations from public, private and Catholic school teachers and principals and from ministry officials. — website

Dance in the Shadow Kit

This kit is built around the video clips on the DVD-ROM Dance in the Shadow: The Unfolding Story of Rebecca Beayni . The videos introduce students to the mutually empowering experience of dance with someone who uses a wheelchair.

The kit consists of 11 short videos and 6 PDFs, 5 of which have appendices in Word containing only the Questions for Students.  All users should begin with PDF 1, the Introduction. Other PDFs relate to 2015 learning expectations for:

  • Grade 6 Language and Social Studies
  • Grade 10 and 11 Arts (Dance)
  • Grade 11 Leadership/Peer support OR Guidance
  • Grade 10 Religion (Ontario Catholic curriculum)

The 6th PDF offers suggestions for use for Retreats and Conferences

Spirituality of L’Arche

Michael Downey: Jean Vanier: Recovering the Heart

Audio & Video Featuring Jean Vanier

Archives of various programs on the CBC and other media.

The Canadian philosopher and Catholic social innovator, Jean Vanier, founded a community centered around people with mental disabilities, L’Arche, that has now become a global movement. To many, he is simply one of the wise men in our world today — an icon of lived compassion. We speak about his understanding of humanity and God that has been shaped across a fascinating lifetime by the likes of Aristotle, Mother Teresa, and people who would once have been locked away from society. He has spent his life practically exploring the most basic, paradoxical teachings of Christianity — notions about power in humility, strength in weakness, and light in the darkness of human existence — that resonate as Christmas draws near. -December 2007

Jean Vanier Video Clips for Canadian Schools (2012)

Jean Vanier on Belonging and Inclusion for Sr. Elementary and Secondary Students

L’Arche Canada Communities in Canada


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