I first met Jean around 1972 I think, and found him to be such a compelling man. For me his gift of making Jesus a real, vital person by bringing the Gospel stories alive was wonderful. Listening to him during the retreats of those early 70's years began a huge transformation in my life for which I am so very grateful. Over the years his call to l'Arche led me to some of the most precious friendships of my life ,most especially in the community of l'Arche Greater Vancouver. I see Jean's work as one of breaking down barriers between people who may be frightened of one another and thus of making peace in our world 'one heart at a time'.