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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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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