Statement from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on the passing of Jean Vanier

Author: Notre Dame News

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“When the University presented our Notre Dame Award to Jean Vanier in 1994, we paid tribute to a man who ‘animates the worldwide network of L’Arche communities,’ and who taught us that people with intellectual disabilities teach us ‘about the ways of God.’ Those words and more resonated throughout his long and inspiring life. As he once put it, L’Arche members are a ‘source of life and truth, if we welcome them … and put ourselves at their service.’

“In mourning his passing and remembering a life of incredible service to humanity, our prayers are with the members, residents and all from the L’Arche community worldwide.”