Friday, June 3, 2011

Welcome to the Jean Vanier Support Network

We have recently nominated Jean Vanier for some important International awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize, the Templeton Prize and the Fellowship for Reconciliation’s Pfeffer International Peace Prize. These nominations are made in the context of a global effort to make Jean and his work better known, and to ensure its vitality.

For most of us the social and human impact of Jean Vanier is unquestionable. Unfortunately, although he is often spoken of in the same breath as Mother Teresa, he does not always enjoy widespread public recognition.

It is not easy to promote the public visibility of a man “who has built a life around celebrating what is small, simple and rejected”, and who ultimately positions himself as strongly counterculture vis a vis contemporary world values of performance and success.

We remain convinced that the heart of the message of Jean Vanier is essential to a world desperately searching for meaning. We ask you to help us make a difference, by contributing a little of your influence to tip the scale towards increased public recognition of Jean Vanier.

We hope to recruit individuals, organizations, institutions or communities throughout the world who would be ready to share, on their own networks and with the media, any news of significance concerning Jean Vanier and his work.

Please join our network by sending an email to

We look forward to your collaboration. Together we can affirm and support the valuable and equal place of the most vulnerable and often rejected members of our society.

Martha Bala,
Board member, L’Arche International

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