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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.
A RESPONSE TO A NEED
In August, Jean Vanier, Phillipe Seux and Raphael Simi move into the first L’Arche house in Trosly, France. A third man with an intellectual disability, moves in, but does not stay.
Naming the vision of L’Arche
At the first Federation Meeting, Ambleteuse, France, the group writes the first Charter, setting out the vision of L’Arche and established an International Council, to support the foundation of new communities.
A new way of working
Second Federation Meeting, in 3 locations: Little Ewell, (UK) and Trosly and Ourscamp, (France).
Building a long term structure
At the third International Federation Meeting, in Canada, Sue Mosteller is appointed International Coordinator of L'Arche.
Planning for the future
L'Arche International is legally incorporated in France.
France honours a national hero
Jean-Pierre Crépieux receives the Légion d’Honneur from French President François Hollande. He is the first person with an intellectual disability to receive this award, in recognition of his role in co-founding L’Arche and pioneering work on behalf of people with a disability.
Death of Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche
An External Inquiry commissioned by L’Arche International reveals that Jean Vanier sexually abused 6 women without intellectual disabilities, in the context of pastoral support.
Covid 19 Pandemic
Pursuing our vision
154 communities and 19 projects in 38 countries, people with and without disabilities working together for a more human society.