* After Jean Vanier resigned from the Navy and went to Paris to
recieve his doctorate in Philosophy, he opened the first L'arche home. He opened the first community in 1964 with
two men from an institution, who had developmental disabilities. He invited them to live with him in
Trosly-Breuil, France. L'Arche is a french word for "Ark" taken from the old testament
story of Noah. L'Arche was named in such a way because it signifies a place of refuge, of
salvation from the flood"
What is L'arche Today?
L'arche is a community with men and women who have developmental
disabilities, many coming from psychiatric centers. From the original community in France (established in 1964), 103 other
communities have been founded throughout the world, in Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America.
* In 1968 in Marylake,Ontario Jean Vanier established "Faith and Sharing".
What is "Faith and Sharing" Today?
"Faith and sharing" is a community where people gather once
a month for sharing around the Gospel, and where everyone is welcomed.
* In 1971, with Marie Helène
Mathieu, Jean Vanier founded " Faith and Light".
What is "Faith and Light" Today?
"Faith and Light" is a community that meets regularly: people with disabilities,
their parents and friends.
* Today Jean Vanier spends much of his time counseling, encouraging
and accompanying assistants in their personal journey in L'Arche. He still makes his home in one of the homes in Trosly but
he is called to travel a great deal, to visit other communities of L'Arche, to encourage projects for new communities, to
give lectures and retreats.
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