Jean Vanier: What's Christian about Christian leadership?

Forgiveness and love of enemies are at the heart of leadership, says L’Arche founder Jean Vanier.

Editor's note: This interview is part of a series.

Update: Jean Vanier died May 7, 2019.

Jean Vanier is the founder of L’Arche, an international organization of family-like homes where people with and without disabilities live together.

The son of Major-General Georges Vanier, the 19th Governor General of Canada, Jean Vanier served during World War II with the Royal Navy and later with the Royal Canadian Navy. In 1964, he began creating L’Arche communities -- there are now 135, located in 36 countries -- as places that “give witness to the reality that persons with disabilities possess inherent qualities of welcome, wonderment, spirituality and friendship,” according to L’Arche USA.

Vanier was interviewed by Faith & Leadership during a visit to Duke University organized by the  Duke Center for Reconciliation in November 2008.