New Program Coordinator

Welcome Michael Richard! L’Arche Boston North is excited to announce the hiring of Michael Richard as the incoming Program Coordinator. Michael has been with L’Arche for four years, serving as House Manager at Assisi House in Bradford MA for three of those years. During his time at L’Arche, Michael has brought stability and growth to both his home and to the greater community. He has also been a prominent and […]

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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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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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New director of health services, Kathy Cooper RN

Kathy Cooper (center) with newly appointed co-heads of Peace House, Marie Anderson and Sara Pilco Kathy Cooper calls her title at L’Arche Boston North, director of health services, “very lofty.” She said, “I just want to be in the houses. I love it.” As an LPN and then as an RN, the nurse everyone called “Coop” served 43 years (1972–2015) with the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) before retiring last […]

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Majority Turnout Among Core Members

Here are some Election Night facts you didn’t get on CNN: Among core members of L’Arche Boston North, turnout was 53 percent. Nazorean and Peace House had the highest turnouts, each sending three of four core members to the polls. Of the nine core members who voted, seven were women and two men. You can analyze these results but the message is clear. The majority of those with intellectual disabilities […]

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Dan Comes Home to Pat’s House

The timing couldn’t have been better. Just a month after a new fully accessible home opened at L’Arche Boston North, one of our core members living here underwent surgery on his spine. This week Dan came back to Pat’s House, after successful surgery and three weeks of rehab. While Dan continues to recover with his neck immobilized in a brace, he is using a hospital bed, a specially adapted wheelchair, […]

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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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Our New Pastoral Minister, Diana Giard: “L’Arche is the Better”

You get the sense, talking with Diana Giard, that she is a woman on a long journey, through bright places and dark, who has found herself at rest and happy in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Head of Gandhi House for the past year, Diana was named to succeed Tom Murphy as pastoral minister, effective October 1. Tom is returning to Boston College for his Ph.D. while maintaining a close connection with community. […]

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Welcome to Pat’s House!

At an open house on Saturday, September 24, our new home at L’Arche Boston North was dedicated and given its official name: Pat’s House, in honor of our founding assistant Sr. Pat Murphy. Here are a few photos from the perfect fall day at 9 Valley Street in Merrimac, Massachusetts. Sr. Pat spoke at the dedication, accompanied by longtime assistant and pastoral minister Tom Murphy (no relation) and four of […]

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Phil’s Visit With Jean Vanier

When Phil’s picture arrived at the L’Arche Boston North office we all cheered, cried, and felt overwhelmed with emotion.  This is a dream come true for Phil and the assistants, Michael and Joe, who traveled with him. We look forward to hearing the many stories of Phil’s trip to France and Germany. Safe travels!

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