Faith and Light

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Founded by Jean Vanier and Marie-Hélène Mathieu in 1971,[1] Faith and Light is a cross-denominational Christian charitable association. The purpose of the association is to assist those with learning disabilities, and their friends and family, by fostering friendship, prayer, celebration and sharing.[2][3] There are approximately 1,612 communities organized into 50 provinces, in 81 countries.[4]

The Faith and Light’s international head office and secretariat are in France; there are three employees.


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  2. ^ Mitchell, Tom (May 12, 2007). "Faith And Light Ministry Gives Beacon Of Hope To Handicapped". Daily News-Record. Harrisonburg. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  3. ^ Young, Frances (2000), Joop Stolk, ed., Meaningful care: a multidisciplinary approach to the meaning of care for people with mental retardation, Theodoor Adriaan Boer and R. Seldenrijk, Springer, p. 6, ISBN 978-0-7923-6291-3
  4. ^ "International Association of Faith and Light". Pontifical Council for the Laity. Retrieved 5 June 2015.

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