L'Arche will be celebrating this golden "Jubilee" anniversary across the world from May 2014 – April 2015. To inaugurate this Jubilee year, we're posting a letter from Jean Vanier to friends of L'Arche throughout the world. In addition, L'Arche Portland has discovered a remarkable interview with Jean Vanier from 1965. The language is dated, but you won't want to miss seeing the young Vanier articulate the vision that has inspired and sustained this global movement.
L'Arche is 50 years old! To be able to celebrate our Jubilee year is an amazing gift. When I welcomed Raphaël and Philippe from a violent institution, little did I know that L'Arche would grow into the worldwide network it is today. So many people over these years have come to L’Arche and discovered the deep value of people with intellectual disabilities, who if accepted, loved, and honored have much to give to our world.
Let us all go forward into the next 50 years with much hope and intentionality, growing but also deepening our vision and letting ourselves be continually transformed by the relationships we share in our communities so that we may become an ever more inspiring presence for our world.
- Jean Vanier