Short Biography

In 1964, Jean Vanier visited the psychiatric hospital at Saint-Jean-les-Deux-Jumeaux in a southern suburb of Paris.  Living conditions there were very difficult.  There he met Raphael Simi et Philippe Seux, and was deeply touched by their distress.

Brief Chronology

September 10,Jean Vanier born in Geneva, Switzerland, the fourth of five children of Canadian parents, Major-General Georges Vanier (1881-1967) and Madame Pauline Archer Vanier (1898-1991)