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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New Home for Community

All of us in the L’Arche Boston North community were excited about the new house, none more excited than Frannie. For months before the move from Gandhi House to  a newly built L’Arche home, our longtime core member and three-term board member organized what seemed like daily expeditions up Route 110 to monitor progress on the construction site. Sometimes more than once a day. “Hey buddy pal, we gotta go […]

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“Home is where the Heart is”

September 2016– Annika Carbacio, L’Arche Assistant — Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche, once said “Being at home is one of the most fundamental needs of the human spirit”. Vanier could not be more accurate with his words; after all it was he who invited two men with disabilities to share life—and a home—with him back in 1965. This quote also happens to be printed on the back of the […]

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The Boston North Road Warriors

August 2016, Blaine Kuss, L’Arche Assistant — Three Core Members and four assistants, including myself, recently had the opportunity to visit the L’Arche Daybreak community in Richmond Hills, Ontario, which has the distinction of being the first L’Arche community outside of France. On the trip were the three gentlemen core members from Assisi House—Donald, Jim, and Phil—as well as Michael, Tom, Fernando, and me. Our journey began is months ago […]

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BIG THANKS from Lacy!

Hello Crowd Rise donors! I want to share with you my last Marathon Miracle update posted on Facebook today, with an extra word of thanks to you for donating to L’Arche Boston North and for providing me with support that I relied on in order to finish this marathon! I am so grateful for each one of you! With love, Lacy One. Last. Marathon. POST! For now. 😉 I just want […]

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An Old Man Comes To Community

July 2016, Webster Bull – During the past nine months I have met, been embraced by, and plunged head over teakettle into L’Arche Boston North. As an assistant in my 65th, not 25th, year of life, I am something of a statistical outlier. How I came to L’Arche in the first place—what the community calls my sacred story—is a long tale of good parents, childhood church-going, a painful trek through a […]

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Lace Up With Lacy!

May 2016 Please help us support Lacy (former L’Arche Assistant) as she runs her first marathon!  She is running to raise money for our NEW 5 bedroom ADA accessible home.  This new home will enable us to accommodate the aging needs of all our core members. Click here to support Lacy and learn why to she running for L’Arche Boston North!

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What’s In a Name?

May 2016 Blaine Kuss,  L’Arche Boston North Assistant “Behn!” The sharp call of my name combined with the rap of knuckles on my door to jar me into wakefulness. I had moved to Haverhill, MA, to work for L’arche Boston North just two weeks prior in late August, and I was overjoyed that Donald knew my name—not quite Blaine, but close enough. However, the time was 7 AM on a […]

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Olivia’s Trip to the El Arca L’Arche Community

December 2015 We are sharing this Spring 2012 post because our community is sending a package to the El Arca community this holiday season…. Olivia Chalifoux, an Irenicon assistant for the past 3 years, had the opportunity to spend three months with the El Arca (L’Arche) community in Mexico City. Olivia kept a blog of her daily life and reflections. We wanted to share a little of Olivia’s inspiring stay […]

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I Stay In L’Arche Because of the Relationships

November 2015 Tom Murphy,  L’Arche Pastoral Minister People are sometimes curious about why I have remained in L’Arche all these years now, going back to the autumn of 2002. I certainly did not set out with the intention of being here fifteen years later, so it’s somewhat of a mystery even to me. My pat answer to the question is that I stay in L’Arche because of the relationships. While […]

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