*Canadian, born on September 10th 1928 in Geneva Switerland,
son of the late Governor General of Canada, Georges P. Vanier.
*Educated in England and Canada for several years
* He attended the Royal Naval College of Dartmouth; He was with
the British Navy, then with the Canadian Royal Navy during WW2.
*In 1950, he resigned from the Canadian Navy, went to France
and worked on a doctorate in Philosophy which he received from the "Institut Catholique de Paris", on Aristotle.
* He became a member than a director of a Laic community close
to Paris L'eau vive.
* He then spent one year at La trappe Bellefontaine, one year on
a farm and two years in Fatima.
* He taught in Toronto for a short time.
*In 1964, the father Thomas Philippe, a Dominican, provoked
Jean to to settle in Trosly, close to Paris, where he was a chaplain of a center for handicapped people.
*He bought an old run-down house, which was baptized The
Arch (L'Arche) and opened it on August 5, 1964 for the poor and rejected people of society.