Prof. Joseph Tadie

"Vanier is our model and guide in our endeavor to live lives of association with the poor; he teaches our minds and touches our hearts and helps us to gently wear down the walls that we have inherited from our culture and society about those who dwell on the ‘other’'', less-fortunate, side of life."

"Vanier has already been gently, quietly, and lovingly calling people of many diverse backgrounds and faiths to share in a way of life where the walls that divide us from the marginalized are deconstructed on a daily basis, in acts as simple as a shared smile, a held hand, or a patient walk."

"Jean Vanier has inspired people from across the globe to join him in what he once called a 'gentle revolution...where the powerful are dethroned and the weak uplifted; where enemies are pardoned and barriers fall, where armaments are dismantled.'"

"Vanier allowed himself to become vulnerable to the guidance of two marginalized men. He was led down into his own weakness and confronted with his own emotional walls. Once those walls were deconstructed, many others were drawn to the unmistakably authentic peace that was left in their place."

"Vanier has noted, 'To walk with the poor is to go against the current of society. To work for them-even to fight for their rights and to raise them into the normality of society-can be part of a culture. But simply to live with them, to share their lives or to create community with them is not!'"


 

Prof. Heather Eaton

"Dr. Vanier has spent his life teaching how we can learn to be people of peace, attending to these complex inner and social forces that impede peace."

"Unlike others who simply talk of peace, Dr. Vanier committed himself to learning, observing, living and teaching the ways of peace. In the realm of religion and religious conflict, it is my experience that Dr. Vanier’s approach enables people to overcome their differences and to join efforts for a common good."

"His teachings bring people together. His abundance of compassion for human suffering softens people, allows them to let down barriers and open up, and become more honest and aware of those who suffering around them."

"Dr. Vanier is a man of immense and consistent integrity, with a vast international reputation and stature. Yet he remains is a humble, kind and unassuming man, offering each person dignity and deep respect."

"He is the leader of a movement that has resulted in the liberation of thousands of people’s lives."


Professor Hans S. Reinders

"To live peacefully, Vanier teaches, requires that we recognize our own capacity for violence."

"It is simple – the simple principle of being present to one another – and yet it in its simplicity, the foundational principle of L’Arche has become a sign of peace in the wider world."

"I have visited L’Arche communities in various parts of the world, and have always been struck by the sheer joy of the people living there, despite the many difficulties they often face in their daily lives."


 

Prof. Emeritus Bryan Massam

"Jean Vanier is a leader in consciousness-raising about the suffering of all who are marginalized. He is internationally recognized for his compelling vision of what it means to live a fully human life and for his social and spiritual leadership in building a compassionate society."


Mr. Arthur Labatt

"In L’Arche communities, a world of inclusion and peace is built by everyone."


 

Hon. Michael Ignatieff

"His philosophy of community with the disabled speaks powerfully to his rejection of the barriers that stand to divide us. Indeed, there is no 'us' in the communities that make up L’Arche, and there is no 'them.' There is only the pursuit of peace, taken up by those who are weak and vulnerable, whether they are disabled or not."