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    Posted: Mar/11/2015 at 4:53pm

                        JEAN VANIER - WINNER OF THE 2015 TEMPLETON PRIZE

I am totally delighted to learn that Jean Vanier, son of Georges Vanier, the 19th Governor General of Canada, has received the prestigious 2015 Templeton Prize. Valued at $1.7 million US, the prize is one of the world's most generous.

The Templeton Prize, which is awarded to an individual who has made exceptional contributions in affirming life's spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works has been awarded to a very outstanding human being who has done much for the disabled.  Previous recipients have included: Mother Teresa (Nobel Peace Prize laureate), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Nobel laureate), andthe Most Rev. Tutu. (Nobel laureate & Anglican archbishop) 

Jean Vanier is, without any doubt, an extraordinary man, and he's had the greatest compassion for society's weakest members. He has fought long and hard for the disabled with the strong belief that “these are beautiful people, people of the heart.” He also believes that “the strong need the weak to become more human, more compassionate, more understanding." 

In prepared for the announcement of this prize, Jean Vanier made a plea for global peace: "Before being Christians or Jews or Muslims, before being Americans or Russians or Africans, before being generals or priests, rabbis or imams, before having visible or invisible disabilities, we are all human beings with hearts capable of loving."

Jean Vanier is the founder of L'Arche, which is a ground breaking international network where people with and without intellectual disabilities work together as peers. There are 147 L’Arche residential communities operating in 35 countries and on 5 continents.

Vanier, 86, has advocated belonging and social justice as well as the nurturing of dialogue and unity among Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims and other faiths through lectures, conferences and retreats around the world. He has written more than 35 books on the fight for social justice and loving care for the disabled.

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