Michael Higgins- Jean Vanier
Winner of the 2015 Templeton Prize and numerous other international and prestigious honours, Jean Vanier lives a radical poverty of surrender in a time of fanatical acquisitiveness, economic disparity and mounting bellicosity among nations. He is a philosopher of the heart, icon of wholeness and justice activist. Through such key notions as trust, community, relationship and humility, Vanier has built up a network of service and nurturing growth spanning the globe: the L’Arche Movement. He has advocated for peace in a world that treasures its violence, written extensively about the very meaning of human personhood, and championed sensitivity to the diverse spiritual traditions that make up our world. His remarkable life has included rich friendships with Blessed Mother Teresa, St. John Paul II and Henri Nouwen.