L’Arche Adelaide

Board Chairperson: Rev. Dr. Trevor Whitney

Phone: Trevor 0403 711 653   Email:

Address: PO Box 48, Rundle Mall, SA, 5000

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Our community gatherings occur on a regular basis (approx. once a month); email to find out about our next gathering. All are welcome to our gatherings.

Our community weekend is held annually on the third weekend of January; all welcome.

We welcome new members: If you would like to become a member or supporter, or find out more, feel free to make contact.

Our newsletters are published once every two months.  Please email us if you would like to receive a copy of the newsletter via email or post. Click the link below to read May 2020 newsletter.

Our brochure can be downloaded here LARCHE BROCHURE 2020

Donations: We welcome regular and one-off donations to assist with the development of our community. Donations are tax deductible. Email for more information.

How to get Involved:  L’Arche Adelaide is very grateful for the generous support of many people over the past years. Getting involved does not have to be a large commitment of time or money and there are lots of options. Talk to Trevor Whitney about how you can be involved.

Supporters of the L’Arche community in Adelaide first met in January 2013. We were drawn together by a common vision of seeing a faith-based L’Arche community home for adults with intellectual disability established in South Australia.

After this first meeting, the group continued to gather regularly – to share stories, pray, eat together, celebrate, and begin an ongoing journey towards understanding what it means to be a L’Arche community in SA.

In January 2015 we held our first community weekend at the Highgate Park chapel in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs. Approximately 24 people attended, including people from interstate L’Arche communities, gathering for community building, envisioning, fun and worship.

In mid 2015 L’Arche Adelaide officially became an incorporated body under the banner of L’Arche Australia. In November 2015 L’Arche International accorded our group project status.

In January 2016, we appointed our first permanent board. We have a  mandate to guide us as we continue to build our community.

In May 2017 we ventured into community care, offering a week of ‘Welcome and Hospitality’ to one of our core members. We have continued to offer this care.

In January 2019 we appointed our first Community Life Coordinator (CLC) who has worked with skill and energy to begin the preparation for opening our first community home. The CLC also provided much needed assistance with fundraising and networking in the wider community. We are currently looking for a new CLC to continue our preparations.

In February 2019, following an invitation from St Francis of Assisi Anglican Church at Clarence Gardens our community began meeting regularly on their church premises. Every quarter we share in their Sunday morning worship service, followed by a joint luncheon. We are grateful for the hospitality of this congregation.

In late 2019 we appointed Ass. Prof. Lorna Hallahan to the position of L’Arche Adelaide Ambassador. She has held many senior advocacy roles within Federal and State Governments and is a strong supporter of L’Arche and its ethos. Lorna will serve as a spokesperson for L’Arche Adelaide across her many community networks.

L’Arche Adelaide is working presently towards opening our first community house in 2021. In conjunction with the St Francis congregation we have reached a Memorandum of Agreement and have mutually agreed to an initial three-year rental contract for their rectory. We are looking at a home that accommodates two core members and live-in assistants. The discernment process for our first two core members has been completed and we are delighted they have both accepted their invitation to be part of the house. We are also planning to have one day a week where people with intellectual disability from the wider community are invited to the church to participate in activities. In the future we plan to offer Welcome & Hospitality / respite opportunities.

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2020 Priorities

  • We will continue to focus on the careful development of our first community home.
  • Beyond the discernment of our first 2 house members, Mark and Harry, we will discern and confirm people in a variety of house-related roles, including Community Leader and House Assistants.
  • We will continue to seek significant fundraising/ grants opportunities.
  • We will continue to build a relationship of mutual friendship and benefit between St Francis and ourselves.



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