The award was formally presented on October 23 during the Kellogg Institute’s Conference on Human Dignity and Human Developmentat the University’s Rome Global Gateway in Italy.
In making the presentation, Faculty Fellow R. Scott Appleby, dean of Notre Dame’s new Keough School of Global Affairs, cited L’Arche and Jean Vanier for promoting a deeper awareness of the inherent dignity of every human being, showing how human beings flourish when they are embraced and loved as they are, demonstrating that all human beings are capable in different and complementary ways, and establishing communities that value the capabilities of each member and bring out the best in all.
Jean Vanier, who was unable to travel to Rome, delivered remarks filmed in home in France.
“The whole meaning of L’Arche is to reveal to people that under their disabilities, under their difficulties and violence, there is a you, your person, and you are beautiful,” he said, explaining that what the organization does in terms of programing pales next to this power to reveal the value of each person.
- View Vanier’s entire remarks here.
“The so-called disabled and those with whom they live and work grow in awareness of their God-given value. This awareness encourages people to develop and share their talents and leads to authentic human development.”
- View “I Am Musa,” a video about a member of the L’Arche community in Kenya made by Notre Dame alumnus Michael McDonald.
Past recipients of the Notre Dame Award include social entrepreneur Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO and Founder of Acumen; development economist and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen; Partners In Health, whose cofounders Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl accepted the award on its behalf; and Patti and Ray Chambers, the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Malaria.
Written by Elizabeth Rankin (Kellogg Institute)