A Legacy of Stories

Jean Vanier with L’Arche Chicago Core Members

Jean Vanier with L’Arche Chicago Core Members

Today and in the weeks to come we will remember Jean Vanier in a variety of ways. Many of us will share stories of encountering Jean, whether in person, through his writings or retreats. We'll hear from core members about what it was like to have Jean with us, visiting Chicago. Undoubtedly, we will give thanks for his simple yet profound vision that sparked a worldwide movement of communities where everyone knows that they are a source of joy.

Jean's funeral will be next Thursday May 16, 2019 in Trosly, France where loved ones, core members, and many others impacted by his life will join in honor and celebration. Elbert (Chicago core member) has been nominated to attend, holding our heartfelt intentions with him as a representative from Chicago. We will send Elbert off with a special blessing at Community Night this Thursday, when there will be space to reflect on Jean's life, message and friendship. The funeral will be livestreamed next Thursday May 16 at 7am CST. 

2006 Visit to Chicago

2006 Visit to Chicago

In the meantime, l invite you to schedule time around your dinner table to share stories of your loved ones or even to learn about and discuss the values that Jean lived out through L'Arche. Here's a video from Jean's 2006 visit to L’Arche Chicago that might be a good prompt for your reflections.

Giving thanks for Jean!

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