16 August 2017, The Tablet

Surprised by joy: when Jean Vanier invited two men with handicaps to share his life, it transformed the former naval officer


The Tablet Interview

Surprised by joy: when Jean Vanier invited two men with handicaps to share his life, it transformed the former naval officer
 
In 1964, a tall, handsome, ex-naval officer, Jean Vanier, was invited to Trosly to visit an asylum for men with mental handicaps. “It was a horrific place,” he says, “full of screaming and violence; and yet it filled me with a sense of wonderment." … He visited other asylums, equally dismal, and then decided to act.
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