THE STORY OF L'ARCHE

The story of L’Arche started over 50 years ago in the village of Trosly-Breuil in northern France, in response to the inhumane conditions of the large institutions where people with intellectual disabilities had been placed. Now, L’Arche is present in over 38 countries across the world.

1964

First L'Arche community opens in Trosly, France

1969

Second community Daybreak opens in Richmond Hill, Canada

1970

First interfaith community opens in Bangalore, India

1970

Second community in France, La Merci, opens near Cognac

1971

Faith and Light is founded by Marie-Helene Mathieu and Jean Vanier

1972

First International Federation Assembly in France

1974

First ecumenical community was founded in Canterbury, UK

1975

First International Federation Meeting was held in Canada Sue Mosteller appointed International Coordinator of L'Arche

1975

30 communities worldwide

1999

L'Arche International legally incorporated, with headquarters in Paris France

2008

Worldwide L’Arche Identity and Mission statements adopted

2008

First L'Arche community centered around a day project starts in Lviv, Ukraine

2015

Jean Vanier is awarded the Templeton Prize

2019

Death of Jean Vanier

2020

154 communities and 19 projects in 38 countries