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Two founders, two witnesses to our world : Marie-Hélène Mathieu and Jean Vanier

Marie-Hélène Mathieu

A special teacher, she created the Office Chrétien des Personnes Handicapées (O.C.H.) Christian Office for disabled people in 1963.
In 1968, she created the Ombres et Lumière magazine which she ran until the year 2000.
In 1971, she founded Faith and Light with Jean Vanier.
In 1979, she became international coordinator of the Faith and Light movement.
In 1984, she was nominated member of the Pontifical Council for laity.
In 1988, she was the first woman to give a Lent conference at Notre Dame de Paris.
She holds two French honors – Chevalier dans l’ordre national du mérite, and Commander of the Legion of Honour.
Honor by the Holy See, "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice" cross.


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Jean Vanier  

In 1950, he left the Royal Canadian Navy to study philosophy. After having obtained a doctorate in philosophy, he taught at Toronto University.
In 1964 he created l’Arche welcoming two adults with intellectual disabilities in a small home at Trosly-Breuil in Oise, France.
Today, 137 communities belonging to l’Arche are implanted in 40 countries stretching across 5 continents.
In 1971 he founded Faith and Light with Marie-Hélène Mathieu.
In 1988 he was one of sixty laymen invited by the Pope Jean-Paul II to participate in the Synod on laymen in Rome.
In 1997, Pope Jean-Paul II awarded him the Paul VI prize.
Prize "Pacem in Terris" 2013.
Templeton Prize 2015.
Commander of the Legion of Honour 2016

Jean Vanier,  the man, his message, his works

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