Contemporary society is the product of the disintegration of more or less natural or familial groupings. People are afraid, uncertain – and shut themselves away. But they need companions friends with whom they can share their lives, their visions and their ideals; in short, they need community.
Community and Growth – now regarded as one of today’s great classics – is a unique book. It is no dry and systematic treatise, but rather a brilliant series of starting points for a reflection on the nature and meaning of community.
About – Jean Vanier
Jean Vanier was educated in England and Canada, entered the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, England in 1942. He went to sea in 1945 in the Royal Navy and in 1947 transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy. He resigned from the Royal Canadian Navy in 1950 while serving H.M.C.S. Magnificent. He then went to France to work in a students’ community outside of Paris. He studied philosophy and theology and obtained a Doctorate from the Catholic Institute in Paris.
At various times in his life, Vanier has been an author, traveller, founder, humanitarian and peacemaker.