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About us

Communities made up of persons with intellectual disabilities, their families and friends, particularly young friends, who meet together on a regular basis in a Christian spirit, to share friendship, pray together, fiesta and celebrate life.

Overview...
image An outstanding association around the person with an intellectual disability.
Life in our communities
A Faith and Light Community, is a group of 15 to 40 persons (children, teenagers or adults with an intellectual disability, their family, friends) who meet together at least once per month for a gathering of friendship, sharing, prayer and celebration.
Faith and Light Prayer
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Guidelines 2015-2016
Every year, new guidelines are proposed to the communities to nurture and lead the monthly meetings. Written by an international team, it encourages the unity of all the communities throughout the world which gather around a common theme. This year, we shall walk "hand in hand".
Guidelines 2016-2017
Topic of the year : "You called me, here I am ! " It has been made by a ukrainian team...
Charter and Constitution
image The structures of Faith and Light are like the sap that flows through a large tree to keep it alive, to help it to grow, flower and produce fruit. The Charter is like the heart of Faith and Light, its inspiration. The Constitution is like the trunk so that the sap may spread and give life... it explains the organization of movement.
History
image Faith and Light was born of a desire to help people with an intellectual disability and their families find their place within the Church and society. This was the main purpose of the organized pilgrimage to Lourdes at Easter of 1971.
Founders
image Two founders, two witnesses to our world : Marie-Hélène Mathieu and Jean Vanier
Focus... on Marie-Hélène Mathieu
image Marie-Hélène Mathieu
A life devoted to people with disabilities
Why this emblem ?
image Meb was a painter, he had an intellectual disability. He composed his work of art on the occasion of the first pilgrimage to Lourdes in 1971 after some one read him the Charter of the first Faith and Light pilgrimage.
International Secretariat
image Laid out under the rafters of a parisien building : The Faith and Light international secretariat