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Remembering Jean Vanier

Best known to many of us as a one-time mentor to author Henri Nouwen, L’Arche founder Jean Vanier passed away earlier today, May 7th, at age 90. He had been in palliative care for just a few weeks at Maison Jeanne Garnier (Paris) where he died.

When he entered hospice care in April Aleteia.org noted:

…Vanier suffered a heart attack in October 2017 and has been resting since then, with periodic treatment. He has lived until recently at the small L’Arche home in Trosly-Breuil (Oise, France).

Vanier told Aleteia last September: “Today, I have no future, but I am happy in the present. At every moment.”

For decades, the work he founded has accompanied thousands of people around the world: In 2018, L’Arche in France had 4,000 members, including 1,800 disabled people and 1,150 volunteers…

His passing was noted earlier today by BBC News:

The son of a Canadian diplomat, Jean Vanier embarked upon a naval career that saw him serve during the World War Two. But in 1950 he resigned his commission saying that he wanted “to follow Jesus”.

He studied theology and philosophy, completing his doctoral studies on happiness in the ethics of Aristotle. He became a teaching professor at St Michael’s College in Toronto.

During the Christmas holidays of 1964, he visited a friend who was working as a chaplain for men with learning difficulties just outside Paris. Disturbed by conditions in which 80 men did nothing but walk around in circles, he bought a small house nearby and invited two men from the institution to join him.

L’Arche – the Ark – was born…

…In 2015, Vanier became the recipient of the Templeton Prize, an award described as “entirely deserved” by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby…

…continue reading at BBC

Jean Vanier titles; note that one of his most recent titles was released by IVP (InterVarsity Press). This shows current English titles only; his books were translated into many languages, including nearly 40 titles published in French (see link below).

Product Name        
Product Code
Supplier Pub Date U.S.
We Need Each Other: Responding to God’s Call to Live Together (English) 9781640600966
Paraclete Press (MA) 09/18/2018 $19.99
A Cry Is Heard: My Path to Peace (English) 9781627853910
Twenty-Third Publications 09/15/2018 $16.95
From Brokenness to Community (Wit Lectures) (English) 9780809133413
Paulist Press 06/01/1992 $6.95
Becoming Human (-10th Anniversary) (-10th Anniversary) (-10th Anniversary) (English) 9780809145874
Paulist Press 09/01/2008 $13.95
Jean Vanier: Essential Writings (Modern Spiritual Masters) (English) 9781570758065
Orbis Books 09/16/2008 $16.00
Drawn Into the Mystery of Jesus Through the Gospel of John (English) 9780809142965
Paulist Press 08/16/2004 $22.95
The Gospel of John, the Gospel of Relationship (English) 9781616368906
Franciscan Media 04/24/2015 $15.99
Life’s Great Questions (English) 9781616369415
Franciscan Media 08/21/2015 $16.99
Community and Growth (Rev) (English) 9780809131358
Paulist Press 12/01/1989 $22.95
Signs: Seven Words of Hope (English) 9780809148721
Paulist Press 10/01/2014 $14.95
Jesus, the Gift of Love (English) 9780824515935
Crossroad Publishing Company 09/01/1996 $17.95
Made for Happiness: Discovering the Meaning of Life with Aristotle (A List) (English) 9781487002572
A List 09/05/2017 $14.95
Encountering ‘The Other’: (English) 9780809144099
Paulist Press 09/01/2006 $9.95
Tears of Silence (English) 9781770898349
House of Anansi Press 11/11/2014 $19.95
Living Gently in a Violent World: The Prophetic Witness of Weakness (English) 9780830834969
InterVarsity Press 06/01/2018 $17.00
Happiness: A Guide to a Good Life, Aristotle for the New Century (English) 9781611454970
Arcade Publishing 07/01/2012 $14.95
Befriending the Stranger (English) 9780809146901
Paulist Press 03/01/2010 $15.95
I Meet Jesus: He Tells Me “I Love You” (English) 9780809148356
Paulist Press 10/02/2014 $16.95
I Walk with Jesus (English) 9780809148363
Paulist Press 10/02/2014 $16.95

Additional out-of-print titles are listed at his article at Wikipedia.

Image above and some additional information used here was posted at a French language version of the story: Décès de Jean Vanier, fondateur de l’Arche.

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