Jean Vanier wins Templeton Prize

Jean Vanier, who for the past 50 years has sought inclusion for people with disabilities, has won the $1.7 million Templeton Prize.

He joins the ranks of Mother Teresa and Billy Graham in receiving the prize, which is given to people who make exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.

“Our society will really become human as we discover that the strong need the weak, just as the weak need the strong,” Vanier, 86, said at a news conference announcing the prize.

In 1964, Vanier moved into a house with a number of adult men with intellectual disabilities. In doing so, he founded the L’Arche movement, which now boasts similar residential facilities in 35 countries.