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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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, […]Read More
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 […]Read More
“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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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!Read More
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 […]Read More