L’Arche Across America: From Haverhill to Billings

Six members of the L’Arche Boston North community, traveling west from Haverhill by mini-van, reached Billings, Montana, on Monday evening, May 15. This marked the end of the firstweek of the “L’Arche Across America” tour, which will take them 8,000 miles and visit a dozen L’Arche communities in the continental USA. . First week on the road For the first four nights, core members Woody, Doris, and John D, and […]

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L’Arche Across America Rolls West

On Tuesday morning, May 9, the van was loaded with three core members, three assistants, and enough materiel for an amphibious landing. By 9am “L’Arche Across America” was underway, headed for L’Arche Syracuse. Woody was heard to proclaim, “So long, Haverhill. It was nice knowing you.” The plan is an 8,000-mile, 26-day adventure, threading its way through 12 L’Arche communities and visiting sites from Glacier to the Grand Canyon, all […]

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The View From The Couch

April 2017– Blaine Kuss, L’Arche Assistant“ — In the past fifty years, Indiana has produced three good things: Larry Bird, The Jackson Five, and this birthday person with an affinity for Kendrick Lamar, microbiologists, and #larcheliving.” This was the clue associated with my name this evening in community’s monthly Birthday Jeopardy game. The clue tells several important things about my life, including my musical tastes—and corresponding political views. This clue […]

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“L’Arche Across America”: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Journey

On Tuesday, May 9, three core members and three assistants of L’Arche Boston North will set out on an 8,000-mile, 26-day odyssey across America and back. They will visit twelve L’Arche communities from Syracuse and St. Louis to Seattle and Los Angeles. Along the way they will see Niagara Falls, Mt. Rushmore, Glacier National Park, the Pacific Coast Highway, and the Grand Canyon. The Birth of a Dream The plan […]

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College Students Spread the Word about L’Arche

College students visit L'Arche Boston North

Two or three times a year, groups of college students stay a week at L’Arche Boston North, learning lessons the classroom cannot give, experiencing what words cannot adequately describe. From Boston College, Holy Cross, Iona, and most recently Stonehill College, students come and live in our homes, sleeping on spare beds, couches, and floors, and sharing community life. (In the photo above, John plays cards at Pat House with Stonehill […]

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Judi: Celebrating 25 Years in Community

Judi in L'Arche Boston North

Judith Ann Elizabeth is her baptismal name, but everyone in community knows and loves her as Judi. Looking back on her life—including 25 years in L’Arche—Judi refers to it as “so much fun.” That description applies to her too. (The photo shows Judi having fun with Donald in early days at L’Arche Irenicon.) Today Judi is a leader at Nazorean House, where she loves cooking, ironing, and doing housework. Judi […]

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L’Arche Assistant Travels to Trosly

L'Arche Boston North assistant life, ariana bachman, trosly, L'Arche

“I could not stop smiling,” said L’Arche Boston North assistant Ariana Bachman about her week in Trosly, the French village where L’Arche was founded in 1964 and where founder Jean Vanier still lives today. That hardly seems to qualify as news. As head of Nazorean House and a L’Arche Boston North Assistant for nearly ten years, Ariana smiles often and broadly. For six days, December 4–9, she was one of […]

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We Know How to Have Fun Here

Nobody parties like L’Arche. Case in point: our Halloween soirée at Assisi House. At Pat’s House (where your humble reporter was sharing time) the costuming began early, as Sheriff Phil waited patiently for his posse— Fran donned a banana costume while Todd helped Dan get ready— The other two houses—Peace and Naz—sent their own caped crusaders including Wonder Woman (alias Doris)— And the party was underway. But wait! A second […]

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Welcome Our New Core Member, Gentleman John

“Welcome is one of the signs that a community is alive,” Jean Vanier writes in Community and Growth. “If a community is closing its doors, that is a sign that hearts are closing as well.” As Americans we get this. Yesterday our grandparents arrived as strangers. Today we argue over immigration. At L’Arche we get it too. Pat’s House welcomed John, a new core member, on Friday, September 30, and […]

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Phil “Stewart” Petts, Beloved Assistant

You be the judge. Did Phil Petts, longtime L’Arche assistant, look anything like Jimmy Stewart, old-time Hollywood heartthrob? Phil died on August 28 in the fullness of his eightieth year and was remembered September 24 at a “service of resurrection” at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Manchester, New Hampshire; but for the L’Arche Boston North community, who seemed to fill half the church on the first full day of fall, […]

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