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L’ARCHE ANNOUNCES THE DEATH OF ITS FOUNDER JEAN VANIER

        PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 7, 2019 L’ARCHE ANNOUNCES THE DEATH OF ITS FOUNDER JEAN VANIER L’Arche today announced the death of its founder Jean Vanier, who died today in the Maison Médicale Jeanne Garnier in Paris. He was 90 years old. “Jean has left an extraordinary legacy,” said L’Arche International Leader Stephan Posner. “His Community of Trosly, the Communities of L’Arche, Faith and Light, many other movements, and countless thousands of people have cherished his words and benefited from his vision.” Vanier founded L’Arche in 1964 in response to the treatment that people with […]

Retreat for L’Arche

  Choosing Community in an Era of Individualism Retreat for L’Arche   30 March – 5 April 2019 B. P 21-23 rue d’Orleans 60350 Trosly-Breuil, FRANCE Following on from the success of the 2017 Retreat in Trosly, France that L’Arche Australia coordinated for members in Australia and New Zealand, we are delighted to host another retreat in Trosly. Trosly is where l’Arche was founded and it has an unique place in our story. The theme of this retreat is ‘Choosing community in an era of individualism’ and will focus on how you and we build, choose and develop community in Australia today. […]

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 […]

A message from Jean Vanier, our Founder

  Dear Friends in l’Arche, Jean Vanier, our Founder, sent a message through myself to acknowledge and celebrate our 40th Birthday party held by L’Arche Genesaret on March 9. I would like to share his message with you: Best wishes David Treanor National Leader _____ Peace and love to you all, I rejoice for these wonderful 40 years of the birth and growth of l’Arche in Australia and New Zeeland. I thank each one of you and especially Eileen. I remember when we met at an international meeting near Toronto. She asked when would I come to Australia I said […]