Patrick Mathias

"Patrick Mathias was our psychiatrist for the last 25 years (at l’Arche Trosly). He died suddenly in 2007 after a heart attack. Patrick was in fact more than a psychiatrist for us; he was a friend. Whenever one of our people was in deep pain, he brought new light. He was a man of amazing goodness, understanding what it means to be human. He had such a capacity to give life and consolation…"



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"Patrick Mathias was our psychiatrist for the last 25 years (at l’Arche Trosly). He died suddenly in 2007 after a heart attack. Patrick was in fact more than a psychiatrist for us; he was a friend. Whenever one of our people was in deep pain, he brought new light. He was a man of amazing goodness, understanding what it means to be human. He had such a capacity to give life and consolation… Patrick loved life: his family, his animals; he had deep respect for each person whatever their situation or suffering. In many ways I learned from him how to be more human, more Christian. He was a teacher of humanity. He did not share our Christian faith but was a sign and a presence of God in our community. I believe that Jesus, the Word who became flesh, came to teach us how to live more humanly; how to love in truth. Patrick taught us to be more human. He was a man of tenderness.”

Jean Vanier, Letter to friends, may 2007.

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