Man With Local Ties Receives Pacem in Terris Award
It is a high honor for L'Arche founder Jean Vanier and his lifelong efforts toward improving the lives of others.
Vanier received this year's "Pacem in Terris" award at St. Ambrose University.
His organization is an international federation of communities where people with and without disabilities share life together -- and there is a community in Clinton called "The Arch".
Vanier was not at the ceremony in the QCA this weekend. Bishop Martin Amos delivered the award to him in France, where L'Arche was founded.
"One of the first things he said was this award is not for me. This award is for L'Arche and that's what I want to promote. It has nothing to do with me. And his humility just was -- you could see it," Amos recalled.
Vanier is the 43rd recipient of the "Pacem in Terris" award, which means "peace on earth".
He joins previous winners like John F. Kennedy, Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King Junior.