In the Spring of 2015, 10 students from Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School in Milton, Ontario were able to meet their school’s namesake, Catholic philosopher, humanitarian and L’Arche community Founder, Jean Vanier in Trosly, France. Jean Vanier founded L’Arche in 1964, an international federation of communities spread over 35 countries, for people with developmental disabilities and those who assist them.
Together with Jean Vanier, the students were able to experience the true meaning of servant leadership, while working, sharing meals, stories and songs with members of the L’Arche community.
The smiles and deep spiritual connections were evident between students and L’Arche community members as they spent time together with Jean Vanier. The documentary highlighted many powerful messages, including acceptance for who you are and selfless love.
Thank you to the students and staff for sharing this amazing experience with us. A special note of appreciation to Kevin Dunn and the film team from DunnMedia for a spectacular job in capturing this once in a lifetime opportunity.
While many of us have never lived in a L’Arche community like Jean Vanier, we can challenge ourselves to live the Vanier Way through our interactions with one another each and every day.
It is through the eyes of our students and their encounters throughout the film that we come to realize the wonderful connections made and the call to be servant leaders in our schools, in our community and in the world. I invite you to watch and enjoy “The Vanier Way” Film Trailer Here.