A Roman Catholic layman and a lifelong student of philosophy and theology, Vanier is best known as the founder of L'Arche.
In 1964, when Jean Vanier quietly began what would become an international network, he had "no idea that this would be a revolutionary reality ... that it would grow," he remarked joyfully.
The founder of L'Arche and this year's winner of the Templeton Prize made the comments in a telephone interview with Catholic News Service from London, where the news of him winning the prize was announced March 11.
Book review: In Putting Education to Work, Megan Sweas tells the story of an upstart Catholic educational enterprise with heart and a telling eye for detail.
HO CHI MINH, VIETNAM -- American forces sprayed nearly 20 million gallons of the chemical defoliant, Agent Orange, over Vietnam, Laos and parts of Cambodia during the Vietnam War. Childrem continue to pay the price.
Bishop Fridolin Ambongo Besungu said the changes to the Vatican seem "like a change not only in attitude here, but a new anthropology for the way of living our faith."
Mass at St. John the Apostle church in Siem Reap, Cambodia has a striking resemblance to the Last Supper: it is a sit down affair.
Jesuit Father Stepanus Winarto entered the small church for 7:30 Sunday morning mass the last in a procession of young altar girls. He then took his place behind a small altar only three feet off the ground, sitting down on a small chair.
“It is a Cambodian custom of reverence to remain as low as one can,” he later told me.
Early in 1965, Edmundite Fr. Maurice Ouellet answered a knock at his door. Martin Luther King Jr. was standing on the front step.
Retired U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford met Holy Cross Fr. Ted Hesburgh in the 1950s. The two global citizens and public servants quickly became kindred spirits.
We say: In the civil rights struggle, sacrifice is inevitable, but "there are degrees of martyrdom volunteers must offer."
On March 1, Brian Hammond, a good friend of mine, died. You may never have heard of him, but if you were part of the Loretto Community, you would surely have known him and treasured the memories.