L'HISTOIRE DE L'ARCHE

L'histoire de L'Arche a commencé il y a plus de 50 ans dans le village de Trosly-Breuil, dans le nord de la France, en réponse aux conditions inhumaines des grandes institutions où étaient placées les personnes en situation de handicap mental. Aujourd'hui, L'Arche est présente dans plus de 38 pays à travers le monde.

 

 

1964

First L'Arche community opens in Trosly, France 

Jean Vanier, Phillipe Seux and Jean-Pierre Crépieux move into the first L’Arche house.

1969

Second community, Daybreak, opens in Richmond Hill, Canada

 

 

1970

First interfaith community opens in Bangalore, India

 

 

1971

Faith and Light is founded

Faith and Light is a support and friendship organisation for families with children with intellectual disabilities.

1974

First ecumenical community was founded in Canterbury, United Kingdom

 

1975

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

By 1975, there are 30 L’Arche communities worldwide in France, Canada, India, UK, USA, Denmark, Norway, Ireland, Belgium, Honduras, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Australia.

1981

L'Arche founds a community secretly behind the Iron Curtain, in Sledziejowice, Poland

 

 

1989

By 1989, there are new communities, in Brazil, Dominican RepublicGermanyPolandItalyPhilippinesSpain Switzerland, and on the West Bank.

 

 

1992

United Nations establishes December 3rd as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

 

1999

L'Arche International legally incorporated

 

 

 

2006

United Nations signs convention on the rights of persons with disabilities

 

 

2008

Worldwide L'Arche Identity and Mission statements adopted

Read the statement here

 

 

2008

First community centred solely around a day project in Lviv, Ukraine

 

 

 

2014

L’Arche célèbre son 50e anniversaire. Des manifestations sont organisées dans toute la Fédération. 

 

 

 

2015

Jean-Pierre Crépieux, member of L'Arche Trosly, receives the Legion d’Honneur from President Macron of France, for helping to advance the cause of people with disabilities.

 

2015

L'Arche is granted Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC, United Nations

 

 

 

2017

500 delegates with and without disabilities meet in Belfast for the Federation Assembly

 

2019

Death of Jean Vanier

 

 

2020

3 years after the inquiry into the behavoir of Fr. Thomas Phillipe an External Inquiry commissioned by L’Arche International into the founding and history of L’Arche reveals Jean Vanier also abused women in the context of spiritual direction.

 

 

2020

Covid 19 Pandemic

 

 

 

2020

154 communities and 19 projects in 38 countries