Posts Tagged ‘Jean Vanier’

Ireland’s former president threatens Pope Comments 0

Monday, March 9th, 2020

Ireland’s former president Mary McAleese has written to the Pope saying she’ll leave the the Catholic Church if it is found the Vatican “failed to act to protect members of the L’Arche community” from the community’s founder Jean Vanier. In her letter to the pope (which she published on her personal website on 26 February) Read more

When saints fall Comments 0

Thursday, March 5th, 2020
jean vanier

In one of my earliest memories, my father is warning me about a famous man, “Remember, he still puts his pants on one leg at a time.” I remembered this warning when I heard about the fall of another famous icon, Brother Jean Vanier, the revered founder of L’Arche, an ecumenical community where disabled and Read more

Catholics still don’t get it: sexual abuse is not about sex Comments 0

Monday, March 2nd, 2020
Sexual abuse

We continue to hear of incidents that more than suggest that Catholics – and, in particular, their bishops – have learned very little from the clergy sexual abuse crisis. This is quite alarming and depressing because the Church in North America has been dealing with issues regarding priests who abuse children and teenagers for at Read more

Reconciling good and evil of Jean Vanier? Comments 0

Monday, February 24th, 2020
Colleen Dulle

I keep a photo of Jean Vanier on my desk. It is painful to look at today. I’ve written almost completely uncritically about the founder of L’Arche several times at America: I called him a “revered spiritual master and prophetic voice” whose messages “always bear repeating” in a review of his last book; I wrote Read more

L’Arche founder Jean Vanier accused of sex abuse Comments 0

Monday, February 24th, 2020

L’Arche founder Jean Vanier has been accused of sexual misconduct. The allegations follow months of investigation into the man praised by popes and politicians for his humanitarian work in establishing a global network of institutions serving adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. The accusations involve six women of various “ages, geographic origin and status – Read more

A beautiful study of Jean Vanier and L’Arche Comments 0

Thursday, July 11th, 2019
summer in the forest

Jean Vanier who died earlier this year features a documentary being screened in New Zealand this month. Summer in the Forest Summer is a beautiful and moving study of this extraordinary man and the organisation he founded. Vanier founded L’Arche, a community based outside of Paris for individuals with developmental disabilities, in the 1960s. His goal Read more

Jean Vanier honoured at Christchurch service Comments 0

Monday, June 17th, 2019
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On Saturday 8 June, over 100 people joined with L’Arche (Kapiti), Mount Tabor (Auckland), Marralomeda (Christchurch) and Faith & Light communities to honour the memory of Jean Vanier who died in Paris on 7 May. Participants in the service included people from all Christian faiths with and without intellectual disability. A joyous atmosphere prevailed as Read more

My time with Jean Vanier and his mum Comments 0

Monday, May 20th, 2019
jean vanier

When Jean Vanier first invited Raphaël and Philippe, two men with intellectual disabilities, to live with him in a tiny house in Trosly-Breuil, France, his parents, a prominent couple in Canadian diplomatic circles, thought the whole thing sounded a little strange. Jean called this new little community L’Arche, and it grew into a worldwide movement Read more

New Zealand memorial service for Jean Vanier Comments 0

Monday, May 13th, 2019

A national memorial service for Jean Vanier will be held at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, Bishopdale, Christchurch on Saturday, June 8th at 11:00 am. It’s open to the public. There will be a few smaller memorial services around the country that will be announced soon, but the Christchurch one is the primary one. The L’Arche Read more

Pope Francis thanked Jean Vanier for his witness Comments 0

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

Pope Francis phoned Jean Vanier a week before his death. He told reporters he wanted to express his gratitude for his witness. “Simply put, I want to thank him and thank God for having given us this man with such a great witness,” the pope said. Jean Vanier, whose charity work helped improve conditions for Read more