L’Arche in Canberra celebrates 40 years

Canberra 40 MEDIA RELEASE L’Arche in Canberra celebrates 40 years The L’Arche Genesaret community in Canberra, one of the first co-residential groups for people with and without an intellectual disability in Australia, celebrated its 40th anniversary in Woden on 9 March. More than 190 guests, including L’Arche representatives from across Australia, gathered for an evening of stories and songs at the Canberra Southern Cross Club to celebrate the milestone, which also marks the foundation of L’Arche in Australia. Since its beginning, L’Arche has been at the forefront of radical social change spanning the past four decades. From the dismantling of [...]

Letter from Stephan Ponser, our International Leader

  Dear Friends, Sometimes we are tempted to look back and regret the good old days as if “before it was better”! I have often thought that the best way to pay tribute to our founders, to those to whom we owe our presence today, is not to copy them, but to be inspired by their vision and willingness to create something new. In short, not to copy the past, but to transform the present, to make it flourish. On your 40th anniversary, the 40th anniversary of L’Arche in Australia, it is this energy that I hope you will find […]

Our History

Early in 1982, Mrs Marion Allen, a parishioner of Sacred Heart Parish died, leaving her house in 40 Pirie Street to the Church to be used for charitable purposes. So the question arose of how the house could be used to best fulfil Mrs Allen’s wishes. The local priest at the time Fr Terry Yard had an interest in L’Arche and had a dream to see a L’Arche Community be formed here in Hobart. Then in 1984, Eileen Glass (founding member of L’Arche Australia) brought Jean Vanier to Hobart to conduct an Easter Faith and Light Retreat. This visit also […]