Vanier’s Last Community: Hospice

Jean Vanier, the Canadian theologian and humanitarian who founded L’Arche, has entered hospice care. He had a heart attack in 2017 and has devoted most of his time to rest since then. Until recently he lived at the first L’Arche community in Oise, France.

Vanier, 90, founded L’Arche, a ministry among people with developmental disabilities, in 1964. He founded a similar ministry, Faith and Light, in 1971. He is credited with founding 154 L’Arche communities in 38 countries and 1,450 Faith and Light communities in 83 countries.

He has written 30 books on faith, disability, normalcy, success and tolerance. In The Gospel of John: The Gospel of Relationship, Vanier proposed that Lazarus, who lived with his sisters Mary and Martha of Bethany, may have been disabled.

“Today I have no future, but I am happy in the present, at every moment,” he told the news site Aleteia in September.

John Martin


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