Board Chair: Greg Smith
Community Leader: Krishnee Nair
Homes Coordinator: Blanca Lopez
Community Life Coordinator: Stephanie Lan
Spiritual Life Coordinator: Stephanie Lan
Administration Officer: Asha Biju
NDIS/COS Support Coordinator: Elina Grauzdule
Administration Manager: Shoeb Patel
Address: PO Box 4458, Homebush South, NSW 2140,
Phone: +61 2 9787 8132,
Fax: +61 2 9718 9002
We have 3 beautiful homes, filled with 11 unique core members, and a varying team of dedicated assistants from Australia and around the world. Our original home is in Burwood and we have two other homes, one in Campsie and the other in Merrylands.
Bruce has been with us since the beginning of L’Arche Sydney and lives with other core members Joanne, Daniel, Marilena, Geoffrey and Kathleen. Marilena is our newest core member and was welcomed into Burwood in March 2019.
House Coordinator – Vacant
House Leader – Kerrie Restifo & Vanina Fouet
306 Burwood Rd, Burwood Ph 9747 5316
Janine, “Bonfire” (Hugh), Joshua and Katie share life together in our home in Campsie.
House Co-ordinator – Carla Chonchron
44 Dryden St Campsie Ph 9787 3520
Our core members here at Merrylands are Anthony, Joseph and Andrew.
House Coordinator – Michelle Jeffrey
19 Victoria St Merrylands Ph 9637 7979
L’Arche Sydney grew from a core group of members who built friendships with people with an intellectual disability and their families. In January 1980, the group began meeting for regular picnic outings. A number of those in the first “picnic group” were people who were living at a large institution in Gladesville, Sydney.
In 1983 the group was offered the use of a large house in Burwood, a suburb about 20 minutes west of the Sydney CBD. Five people with a disability, several from Gladesville, and a number of assistants, lived together under the direction of Father Peter Toohey, who was previously the Catholic chaplain at Gladesville.
When a second house was established at Merrylands, in Sydney’s west, four core members with a disability were able to be accommodated and become part of L’Arche Sydney. When the opportunity arose to open another house in Campsie, close to Burwood, 4 more core members were welcomed, bringing to 11 the number of people with a disability living in the community. Over the years there have sadly been some core members who have passed away and others welcomed bringing our current number of core members to four in Burwood, four in Campsie and three in Merrylands.
L’Arche Sydney, which celebrated it’s 30th anniversary during 2013, has grown to be a vibrant community of friends, supporting and living the life of community together whilst adhering to the charter of L’Arche.
To receive a copy of our latest newsletter “Sydney Grapevine” please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Club night is held each Monday evening. The three houses meet together for dinner at one of four different clubs.
Spiritual Soup nights are held on the second Friday evening of each month. Includes a light meal followed by a time of prayer and reflection.
For venue and time details of these events please email email@example.com.
Other events – such as weekend retreats, family and community days, etc – occur throughout the year. Please email for details.