Remembering Jean Vanier

Celebrating the life of L’Arche’s Founder

On May 7, 2019 L’Arche founder Jean Vanier passed away in Paris, France. He was 90 years old. Around the world, people shared stories of how they have seen and experienced the impact of Jean’s life in their own.

“Jean has left an extraordinary legacy,” said L’Arche International Leader Stephan Posner. “His community of Trosly, the communities of L’Arche, Faith and Light, many other movements, and countless thousands of people have cherished his words and benefited from his vision.”

Jean founded L’Arche in 1964 when he invited two men, Raphael Simi and Philippe Seux, to come live with him in Trosly-Breuil, a small town in France located approximately 80 miles north of Paris. This invitation began with the intention to “do something for” Raphael and Philippe, but transformed into what L’Arche is today, a community of people living together in mutually transforming relationship. Today there are over 150 L’Arche communities in 38 countries across 5 continents. Jean continued living and sharing life in the L’Arche Trosly community until the final few months of his life, even after he stepped down as L’Arche’s leader over a decade ago.