Messages from Social Media

Lindsay MC – I met Jean back in 2005 in Toronto and he touched me so deeply. I wrote a letter to thank him and was so shocked to receive a beautiful handwritten response.

Lucie Bellerose – La première fois j’ai rencontré Jean Vanier je l’ai trouvé humble et grand de cœur. J’aime beaucoup cet homme de grand cœur. B on anniversaire, je te souhaite de vivre jusqu’à 100 ans je t’aime. Lucie de L’Arche Joliette

Ellen Jaaku – How lovely, I share a birthday with Jean Vanier.

Audette Lafrance Côté – Heureux Anniversaire et longue en santé.

Tom Eliuz Mwangi – Happy birthday to a man with Golden heart. Wishing him many more ahead full of God’s love, blessings, good health and peace of mind. Shalom!

Susan Newhall – J’ai des souvenirs de bonheur partagé qui datent des années 1976-79 à Trosly à L’Hermitage. Je vous souhaite un excellent anniversaire et plus encore Jean.

Unni-Lisbeth Kleiven – I have never met you, but you are a very good model for me! Thank you, Vanier, and happy birthday to you from me, a Norwegian mother with a “child” of 32 with autism and epilepsy. God bless you!

Ana Cristina Dos Santos – Monsieur Jean, vos actions, votre dévotion, me font penser que l’homme est capable du meilleur. Très belle vie à vous.

Usha Kishore – Wow… wonderful… amazing. All glory to God. Many more happy returns of the day, oh man of kind heart! Long live! God bless you with long life, to be a channel blessing to the many more people still… Amen… Hallelujah.

Yvette Martin Poitras – Joyeux anniversaire Monsieur Jean. Merci à la vie de nous avoir donné un si grand homme.

Louise Are – Happy birthday to a great person in the lives of so many!!! Thank you very much.

Lyse Matte – Joyeux anniversaire et merci pour votre belle œuvre et dévouement. Que Dieu vous donne encore la sante et une belle journée avec vos jeunes que vous aimez. xx Et merci pour cette belle œuvre. Quel grand homme au sens de votre œuvre. xx Et de votre parcours de vie xx Lyse Alex et Jean François qui habitent à L’Arche au Québec.

Julie Leclerc – Serge Leclerc et moi lui souhaitons un très joyeux 90 ans de belles intentions pour nos plus vulnérables ! :-) Merci merci et merci à vous et vos belles équipes ! :-)

Francoise Thomann – Bon anniversaire Jean, merci pour ce que tu es… pour ta parole… Je rends grâce pour ces 90 ans de vie… à bientôt, Françoise (Foyer des Rameaux)

Lynda Lecavalier – Bravo pour votre parcours M.Vanier. Que Dieu vous protège. Bon anniversaire dans la joie.

Elaine Phinney Bennett – Happy Birthday, Mr Vanier. Your work and compassion has made life so much better for so many people. God Bless You.

Gaillot Gisèle – Joyeux anniversaire Jean de la part du Foyer de Charité Le Windeck-Ottrott. Heureux souvenir de vos passages !

Jocelyne Moubarak – Meilleurs vœux pour M. Jean Vanier, que Dieu lui donne une bonne santé et des jours de sérénité.

Gonzales Fito Grace – Happy, happy birthday to you sir Jean, wishing for you a more long life to come. You are so great person with a big heart… how I wish to be a volunteer in your company, hope you will give me a chance… may the Lord God shower his powerful blessing to you.

Manon Savard – Bonne fête M. Vanier !

Mimi Krsak – Happy Birthday, dear Jean! Thanks for your visits to Seattle. They are treasured memories.

James Nagle – I have happy memories of meeting you in Trosly. Happy birthday, Jean Vanier.

Mordkey Hameed Hameed – Happy Birthday to you, dear sir.

Usha Kishore – Many more happy returns of the day for a great human and man of kindness, Jean Vanier..

Lora Ponteras – Happy Birthday!

Laura Richey – Joy-filled birthday to you Jean Vanier.

Angela Loeppky – Much love to you on your birthday – as much love as you have given – and all the ripples of your love Jean.

Rosella Tono Arcega – Happy birthday.

Marleen van Volsem – Bonne fête Jean !

Karen Getchell Falkenham – Bonne fete to Jean!!

Michael Herrmann – Bonne fête, Jean ! Et, merci !

Margie Grace – Thank you John! Happy birthday.

Pierrette Daigle – Bonne fête Jean ! Et merci.

Tom Eliuz Mwangi – Happy birthday Jean… many blessings to you!

Al Eriksen – Happy Birthday!

Charles Vella – Happy Blessed Birthday Dear Jean may God keep on blessing you with wisdom.

Terrie Belanger-Ardron – Blessings on your 90th birthday Jean… you are man who continues to inspire many!

Deb Walters – You are a gift to us Jean! Happy birthday.

Ann Byrne – Happy Birthday to you Jean. You have been an enormous influence, helping our world to truly provide services that people with disabilities should have. Greetings from Galway and Ireland.

kjoysnyder – We sure love you Jean, you have done so much for all the communities around the world getting everyone out to enjoy the world like you and I, they are just like us.

Giacomo Fittipaldi – Greetings.

Daniela Cara – Happy birthday to the man who can love as few.

Carmen Camilleri – Although I have never met you I heard a lot about your good work for others. Happy birthday and may God bless you.

Spred Trevor Malta – Happy birthday. May God continue to bless you. A hand-written letter from you, your life, books and talks have helped me to build a friendly relationship and love with our friends intellectually disabled. Thanks.

Christophe Lewandowski – Bon anniversaire Monsieur Vanier.

Sasha Dence – Jean brought me back to Jesus – and allowed me the opportunity to see Him in the most vulnerable members of our world.

Psj Salwa – Jean Vanier, bon anniversaire et je remercie notre Seigneur pour ta vie et pour la joie et l’amour qui remplissent ta vie et ton cœur.

Jacqueline Tavert – Jean Vanier, une providence pour les handicapés. Longue vie !

Roger Poirier – Bon 90e anniversaire de naissance !

Chantal Lambert – Joyeux anniversaire Jean Vanier. Votre rencontre a transformé ma vie. Je vous adore et vous êtes un vrai saint.

Laurier Albert – Merci de nous communiquer ton émerveillement. Ton regard éclaire le mien.

Delphine Dubois-Gautier – Très bon anniversaire et merci pour ces années de message et d’apaisement. De mon côté je continue à me battre pour l’ouverture d’un établissement pour les 16-20 ans en situation de handicap mental à l’ouest de Toulouse! Mille pensées pour vous.

Géraldine Pellerin Courchesne – Dieu vous bénisse.


Those were the days my friend

Avec toute la fougue de notre jeunesse nous vous avons suivi dans la folle aventure de L’Arche

Hope and love born through relationships

My first encounter with Jean was through his book Tears of Silence at the impressionable age of 16

We had an arm wrestle

I got to meet Jean in person. I introduced myself and where I was from.

This gift of truth and authenticity

I first met Jean in 1973, when I was a university student and he came to speak in Kingston, Ontario.

Happy 90th Birthday, Jean! Bonne Fête!

Hard to believe that ten years has already passed since we were together

We are the “ancients” on the earth

I could never have imagined that we would be coming to this time in our lives

What Jean has meant to Brian

Brian is a happy, content and energetic person who enjoys a blessed and full life.

Our lives intertwined with yours

One of the great graces of our lives has been how they have been intertwined with yours for over 45 years now.

This trust in the Spirit, extended by Jean, was pure gift

After a few years of searching for a way to follow Jesus we encountered Jean at Faith and Sharing Retreats in Edmonton

Some libations in honor of the occasion

Jean Vanier dropped in to visit at the farm in Harlowe, Ontario, Canada on July 30-31, 1985

J’écoutais avec une très grande attention chaque mot

Ma première rencontre avec Jean était au foyer de charité de Tressaint en 1974, alors que j’étais jeune adulte

You have changed my life in many ways

But I would like to tell you the story of the first time I realized why you are so beloved.

Best wishes on the occasion of your 90th Birthday

You and L’Arche have been so much a part of our lives that it’s impossible to separate the memories

Laurie et Jean

Laurie est une personne très accueillante.

You invited me into an amazing world of friendship

I give thanks for the blessing you have been and continue to be for me and for so many others.

Holes in his jacket

This is a photo of Jean Vanier with L’Arche Arnprior’s founding core member, Ian Squires

A start of a healing journey

Those 20 days were not easy for me.

You are a gift and an inspiration

In 2013, I was blessed to meet Jean during the Community Leader Formation program in Trosly.

Il sait dire « Tu es important pour moi »

Parmi les nombreux dons de Jean, nous voulons souligner particulièrement sa capacité de présence attentive

A moment of extreme privilege

This picture was taken at the International Gathering of Priests and Bishops

A dream come true!

I have found my peace, my pleasure and my place in L’Arche.

I feel special and safe and all because of him

Jean is a special person, he is kind, and loving; polite and he has a big heart.

Jean has paved the road of my personal journey

I valued Jean’s gentle guidance as I’ve been seeking to discern the stirrings of the Spirit in my life

A beautiful realization

Listening to Jean the few times I met him opened a new reality for me

Tendre rencontre

Flavie Nadeau-Larouche, tout juste 6 ans, est attendrie par le charisme de Jean Vanier

Vœux de L’Arche Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Vidéoclip de 13 mins. realisée par les membres de la communauté

From Jean Vanier Catholic High School

He reminds us to be selfless and inclusive and to love generously.

Un sentiment de confirmation

Encore aujourd’hui, des gens nous racontent combien ils ont été touchés de sa présence

With love and gratitude

I celebrate with so many around the world in the gift that you are to our world!

For all the fruitfulness of your life so far

Congratulations on your 90th birthday!

Belly laughs

Each of those retreats has been filled with inspiration, empowerment, spiritual nourishment and laughter.

A precious and joyful memory

This is a photo of you Jean, with Patrick when you came to lead our Community Retreat in 2004

The gift of friendship

Thank-you for your continued friendship and all the wisdom imparted.

A profound impact

Since my first Faith and Sharing retreat with Jean in Naramata, B.C.

Such laughter and joy!

I remember stopping in Trosly on my way to India in 1991, visiting you and listening to your stories

Hearts full of gratitude

We are so blessed to be a part of this one L’Arche family that you were called to start so many years ago.

Birthday wishes from L’Arche Stratford

Members of L’Arche Stratford created a special photo collage for Jean

A hug from Dan

It was great to meet you at the International L’Arche Formation

Une première rencontre avec Jean

Une de mes premières expériences avec Jean était quand j’avais 16 ans en 1969.

Love, thoughts and cherished pictures

We are so blessed, and so happy on the occasion of your 90th Birthday.

Ordinary but also extraordinary

I have very fond memories of being Jean’s “personal assistant” many years ago

Jean sat on a blanket eating potato chips

I spent time with Jean when Toronto hosted World Youth Day.

Our guest at the Eucharistic Congress

This is one of my very favourite photos of all time!

Making relationships possible

Thank you for your “yes” to the call of L’Arche!

Love and more love

I loved dancing an Irish reel with you in Québec

‘It’s all about respect and compassion’

In June 2008 we attended the International Eucharistic Conference in Quebec City.

Share life always

The journey of Jean and the L’Arche communities deserves special recognition too.

From James and Garnet

“You’re a handsome guy.”

Vous aviez pris le bateau ensemble

Pauline Audet, ma mère, m’a raconté que vous aviez pris le bateau ensemble, pour rentrer au Canada, lorsque la guerre fut déclarée en 39 ou 40

This is what real kindness looks like

I first heard you speak on television when you visited Vancouver. I was young and your words left an impact on me.