Elizabeth Buckley Memorial Service

lizWith great sadness we share that Elizabeth Buckley, a long-time member of L’Arche and a beloved member of the Daybreak community, died peacefully on July 24, 2016  in her apartment due to circulatory complications. She was 84 years old.

Please join the L’Arche Boston North community as we remember our founding Community Leader

Elizabeth Buckley Memorial Service

Thursday, October, 6th  at 5pm

Masonic Lodge

70 Topsfield Rd, Ipswich, MA

RSVP:  office@larchebostonnorth.org

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1980’s picture of Phil, Donald, Sr. Pat, Jean Vanier and Elizabeth

Elizabeth was born and brought up on the North Shore of Boston. As a young woman she joined the religious order Our Sisters of Charity of Halifax. Elizabeth served as schoolteacher in Montreal and in the Boston area. In the 1960s, in the very early years of L’Arche, she joined the original L’Arche community in Trosly, France. Elizabeth went on to found L’Arche Inverness in Scotland and L’Arche Irenicon in Massachusetts where she served as Community Leader until 1989. Elizabeth joined L’Arche Daybreak in 1990 as a member of the Dayspring team. For most of the last twenty years, she devoted herself to a life of prayer. Elizabeth had a cozy apartment at Daybreak’s Big House which she called “Buckleyham Palace.” Elizabeth served as spiritual director to countless people over the years, and remained an involved and much loved member of L’Arche. Known, as the “Queen Mum” to many in L’Arche, Elizabeth had a royal stature in L’Arche and she will be dearly missed.

Elizabeth is survived by her bother, Dennis Buckley, her sister-in-law Marie Buckley, and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.