Vanier's love gave him the vision to see each person as a child of God, someone loved by God and therefore loved by Vanier. Jean focused his efforts and influence on establishing L'Arche communities in over 37 countries. Vanier also started a movement called Faith and Light now active in about 80 nations. Father Henri Nouwen, a Dutch priest and spiritual writer met Vanier and spent the last several years of his life living and working with a L'Arche Community in the Richmond Hill suburb of Toronto.
There are several on-line information sources about L'Arche which is the French word for The Ark, like Noah's Ark which was a refuge for all who fled to it.
Here is one information-laden paragraph about L'Arche taken from the Internet:
Although L'Arche communities are found in many different cultures and reflect the ethnic and religious composition of the locales in which they exist, they share a common philosophy and approach. People with developmental disabilities and those who assist themWe pray for the soul of Jean Vanier. May the "Angels lead him into Paradise." From Heaven may he intercede for us, especially for our mentally handicapped or mentally ill relatives or friends.
liveand work together to create homes. The L'Arche Charter says, "In a divided world, L'Arche wants to be a signof hope. Its communities, founded on covenant relationships between people of differing intellectual capacity, social origin, religion and culture, seek to be signs of unity, faithfulness and reconciliation." The charter further outlines the objectives, the principles and the identity of L'Arche.
It is significant that today, Pope Francis visited the place where Saintly Mother Teresa was born in North Macedonia. Both Mother Teresa and Jean Vanier went to the fringes of society and saw Jesus in each person: those mentally gifted and those mentally disabled. We have been blessed in our lifetimes to have been exposed to such determined followers of the Risen Lord Jesus. All you Saints of God, pray for us!