Saturday, November 1, 2014

Jean Vanier - Notre Dame Human Development Conference

Jean Vanier and L’Arche Received the Notre Dame Award for International Human Development and Solidarity on October 23.

Here is an excerpt of Notre Dame's website, describing the ceremony:

L’Arche and its visionary founder Jean Vanier have received the 2014 Notre Dame Award for International Human Development and Solidarity in recognition of the organization’s groundbreaking work in service of the poor and vulnerable around the world.

L’Arche is an international federation of communities for people with disabilities that promotes their human dignity while celebrating the power of positivity and friendship.

 The award was formally presented on October 23 during the Kellogg Institute’s Conference on Human Dignity and Human Development at the University’s Rome Global Gateway in Italy.

Jean Vanier and L’Arche Receive Notre Dame Award for International Human Development and Solidarity In making the presentation, Faculty Fellow R. Scott Appleby, dean of Notre Dame’s new Keough School of Global Affairs, cited L’Arche and Jean Vanier for promoting a deeper awareness of the inherent dignity of every human being, showing how human beings flourish when they are embraced and loved as they are, demonstrating that all human beings are capable in different and complementary ways, and establishing communities that value the capabilities of each member and bring out the best in all.

Jean Vanier, who was unable to travel to Rome, delivered remarks filmed in home in France. “The whole meaning of L’Arche is to reveal to people that under their disabilities, under their difficulties and violence, there is a you, your person, and you are beautiful,” he said, explaining that what the organization does in terms of programing pales next to this power to reveal the value of each person. Read the full article here.

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