Thérèse Vanier, founder of L'Arche in the UK, was also a distinguished doctor who worked with Cecily Saunders at the world-renowned St Christopher's Hospice in London, and a tireless contributor to Christian ecumenism and interfaith understanding.
This biography draws on the memories of nearly fifty people who knew her, as well as her own published and unpublished writings, to offer a tribute to Thérèse and a critical assessment of her lasting legacy in the three areas of her work.
Ann Shearer is a Jungian analyst, and was a friend of Thérèse for many years. She has written ten books and was the English translator of Jean Vanier's Signs of the Times.
There is still much that we can learn from Thérèse's approach to working with people with disabilities and to others who are too often pushed to society’s margins.
- Jean Vanier
This life of Thérèse Vanier is truly inspiring. Her commitment to the sick and dying, to those with intellectual disabilities and to Christian unity shine out from every page. Her story offers real hope for the renewal of humanity.
- Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
Thérèse's life was sheer grace to those who met her and knew her. This beautiful tribute speaks of a life of service to Jesus Christ, and captures how the light of Christ shone through her in her deep faithfulness, tireless work for justice and presence in love to those most vulnerable.
- Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury