Jean Vanier Awarded 2015 Templeton Prize
L'Arche Metro Richmond
On March 11, 2015 Jean Vanier, Founder of L'Arche, won the 2015 Templeton Prize, a significant award that "honors a living person who has made exceptional contributions to affirming life's spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works. Vanier joins a distinguished group of 44 former recipients, including Mother Teresa, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and the Dalai Lama."
L'Arche USA Website: "According to Jean Vanier, this prize honors the most vulnerable among us, often marginalized in our societies, and to whom he attributes his discovery. It is these people who revealed to him that those who have been previously rejected, when welcomed, can become a source of healing, unity and peace for our world. ... In remarks prepared for today’s announcement, 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.' "Read more at the L'Arche USA website