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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Disability Housing: Living, Supporting, and Loving Intentionally

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September 2015 By Micaela Connery From HuffingtonPost.com A leisurely conversation-filled dinner with not a single phone on the table. Religion that was welcoming and inviting (and-not-even-a-tiny-bit-divisive). Morning greetings of “Wow, looking good!” Candlelit group meditations. An offer of a ride into town, a cup of coffee, a piece of pie (literally… it was blueberry and it was dang good). People who asked “How are you?” and like really really wanted […]

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A L’Arche Serving of Love in Kolkata

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August 2015 By Rumni Saha From HuffingtonPost.com It just so happened that two days after my very first visit (and introduction) to a L’Arche community near Boston, I was slated to travel to Calcutta, India. Having had a remarkable experience, I was excited to visit the Kolkata community but somewhat apprehensive because this was India, and even with all its goodness and good intentions, things there often take on a […]

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Serving Love — L’Arche Style

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July 2015 By Rumni Saha From Huffingtonpost.com On a recent Sunday morning I was blown away by a radio interview of Jean Vanier and his L’Arche Movement. Shamefully I must admit that although a special educator for many years, I had never before heard about this humanist and his epic movement where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and share their lives together as peers. Upon the conclusion of […]

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L’Arche’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

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June 2015 By Michael Richard The Grand Finale of L’Arche’s 50th anniversary celebrations in the United States took place over the last weekend of May in Washington D.C. All eighteen American communities sent representatives – from our founding community of Erie, PA to our newest, Atlanta, GA. L’Arche Irenicon sent over thirty of our members to the festivities and unveiled a significant change after thirty-two years in the federation… A […]

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L’Arche Founder Jean Vanier Has Won The Templeton Prize

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May 2015 L’Arche Boston North is proud to announce that L’arche’s founder, Jean Vanier, is the 2015 Templeton Prize winner! Winning the Templeton Prize is a prestigious honor, and winners are celebrated for their impact on society and celebration of the human spirit. Jean Vanier joins an elite group of previous Templeton Prize winners, including Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama. Through his work as the founder of L’Arche, Jean Vanier has […]

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It Takes a Village

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February 2015 It Takes a Village…or a town…or a city!   Is this the year you would like to give back to your community?  L’Arche Boston North is always in need of the professional expertise of local community leaders.  We would enjoy talking to you about opportunities that are available to help our Haverhill, MA community continue to grow and thrive. If you are interested in joining our Board of Directors, or […]

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L’Arche Belgium – The Person At The Center

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January 2015 By Brittanye Mackey When I heard the L’Arche community in Bierges, Belgium was seeking volunteers I was overjoyed at the thought I could lend a helping hand.  This opportunity was completely unexpected, yet so rewarding.  I am so blessed that I was considered for this opportunity to learn more about another L’Arche community and also to speak French!  Seven weeks at Efffata and Aquero Houses this past summer […]

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L’Arche International Turns 50

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December 2014 L’Arche Boston North and L’Arche USA have been buzzing with the 50th Anniversary celebrations of L’Arche International. These celebrations won’t actually end until Memorial Day week 2015 in Washington DC when we will gather together with other L’Arche communities to bring attention to the movement that is L’Arche. On August 4, 1964, Jean Vanier welcomed Raphaël Simi and Philippe Seux into a small home in Trosly-Breuil, France, and planted the […]

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The “Art Gang” of L’Arche Boston North

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October 2014 By Mary Robison Many years back, at the suggestion of our director, Swanna Champlin, Bill Lambert began a weekly trip from his art studio in Maine down to Haverhill. Bill would bring his bags of brushes and paints to each house in our community. Every art session began with the usual excitement of greetings, hugs and conversation, and then, simply and naturally, bright and creative images flowed from […]

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