Update: Jean Vanier passed away on May 7, 2019, in the early morning in Paris. I am reposting in his memory.

https://www.larche.org/en/web/guest/news/-/asset_publisher/mQsRZspJMdBy/content/passing-away-of-jean-vanier.

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Today, I am cross-posting a blog from my friend, Tim Vermande, about Jean Vanier who is the founder of L’Arche Communities. I encourage you to learn more about Vanier and his work if you don’t know it. Tim’s original post, which includes my poem, can be seen here.

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On Holy Saturday, the world heard that Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche, had moved to palliative care at the age of 90. My friend Chris Wylie wrote this poem in response, which in turn led me to write the essay that follows the poem. We are publishing our thoughts together.

You created a place for people like me
A caring and loving community 
You called it The Ark
L’Arche in your tongue 
Living together
Together as one
To learn and to grow was your grand vision
Fulfilling in unison love’s great mission
Grow we did like flowers in bloom
Ushering Heaven into…

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