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Bulletin n° 5 - May 2017

Welcome to Bulletin n° 5 for Belfast 2017

All around the globe people are engaged in the preparations for the Federation Assembly.

Communities are using the reflection material and sharing about the films. Delegates are talking with their communities about the important decisions that will be taken in Belfast.

Community hosts and visitors are preparing the visits that will take place before the event. In just over a month 500 people will travel to Northern Ireland to join others who share the same vision and spirit for our life together in community.


Read the Bulletin n° 5


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  • A library with international documents, resources to animate your community 
  • An address book of the Federation
  • Formation offered by L'Arche Internationale, and the possibility to register online
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Boletín n° 5 - Mayo 2017

Boletín n° 5

En todo el mundo, los preparativos de la Asamblea de la Federación avanzan bien.

Las Comunidades utilizan los recursos de reflexión e intercambian sobre los vídeos vistos. Los delegados están reflexionando con sus comunidades

sobre las decisiones importantes que se tomarán en Belfast. Las comunidades anfitrionas y sus invitados están preparando las visitas que tendrán lugar antes del evento.

En poco más de un mes, 500 personas van a viajar hasta Irlanda del Norte para reunirse con los que comparten la misma visión y el mismo espíritu de nuestra vida conjunta en comunidad.

Leer el Boletín n° 5. 

Camino Hacia Belfast - Recursos de mayo a junio 2017

Nuevos comienzos

Leer Camino hacia Belfast - Recursos de mayo a junio 2017 :


#Soy Como Soy - Google Larry


Michael Lapsley - Filme 7 : Mi mensaje para El Arca hoy

Trabajar con el documento de reflexión anexo.


Ruth Patterson - Filme 6 :  Mi mensaje a L'Arca

Trabajar con el documento de reflexión anexo.

Journey to Belfast - May to June 2017 resources

New beginnings

Please find below all the resources and videos for Journey to Belfast n° 5. 

Click on the links below to read Journey to Belfast -May to June 2017 resources :


#As I Am - Google Larry


Michael Lapsley - Film 7: My Message for L’Arche Today

Work with the accompanying Reflexion Paper.


Ruth Patterson - Film 6: Message to L’Arche

Work with the accompanying Reflexion Paper.

New Community Leaders

New Community Leaders


  • To enable new community leaders to understand more fully their mission and function in L’Arche.

Elements of the training

  • Developing the community aspect of L’Arche
  • Growing as a person and a leader in my role
  • Building partnership
  • Including all community members in the decision-making processes
  • Developing new community models
  • Becoming discerning people and discerning communities.
  • Meeting other community leaders and International leaders

Practical information

Languages: English and French with translation

Team: Formation team with members of the International Leadership Team and Support Team

For whom

New community leaders


Sunday 8 October 2017 (6 pm) - Saturday 14 October 2017 (9 am)


La Ferme de Trosly, France


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Web Series #AsIAm

Why this web series?

People with intellectual disabilities live in the shadows of a persistent view–present in all cultures–that they are the undesirables. This is one of our world’s significant injustices. It is one we can change. L’Arche International’s Web Series, “As I Am”, is an invitation to imagine the world differently and to rejoice in who you are as you are.

Imagine the world differently.


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Père Thomas

Père Thomas

After having resigned from the navy, Jean Vanier decided that he wanted to follow Jesus.  When he was 21 his parents introduced him to Père Thomas Philippe. This Dominican scholar, who enjoyed an extensive reputation as a theologian, became his teacher, the rector of his student community and his spiritual father. Two years later, Père Thomas, for reasons undisclosed, was forbidden by Rome to carry out his pastoral ministery. Jean’s move toward the priesthood was shattered, without however destroying his filial level of respect for Père Thomas. During the ensuing years, Jean continued his training in theology at the Catholic Institute of Paris and started to teach in Canada. In 1964, Jean visited Père Thomas in the mental institution where he was chaplain. This encounter with people suffering from intellectual and psychological difficulties incited Jean to make a commitment to them. Père Thomas confirmed the spiritual nature of this call. He encouraged Jean to follow Jesus in this way, even if he did not share a number of his orientations. L’Arche was born, grew and developed under Jean’s direction, beginning with the first small home where he lived with Raphaël Simi and Philippe Seux. 

Père Thomas, for his part, devoted more and more of his time to spiritual accompaniment for his network of faithful followers. He died in 1993. However, in 2014, adult women, without disabilities, testified that they had been victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Père Thomas during accompaniment. The leaders of L’Arche requested a canonical enquiry, which was immediately carried out by the accompanying Bishop for L’Arche International. The victims were given their say. The facts were confirmed. L’Arche International strongly condemns these acts and stands alongside the victims, conscious of the gravity of the impact of the abuse on their lives.


Revelations about Père Thomas’ misconduct

Actions undertaken by L’Arche

Since June 2014, when we received the first testimonies about père Thomas’ misconduct, the accompaniment of victims and a quest for truth have been at the heart of our decisions and actions, and we have constantly striven to act out of the greatest respect for those concerned. 

  • In June 2014, we received, as did the Catholic Church, testimonies from two women denouncing serious sexual misconduct toward them on behalf of père Thomas Philippe during spiritual accompaniment in the 70’s/80’s. Together with Mgr d’Ornellas and Jean Vanier, we decided to request a canonical enquiry, headed by Mgr d’Ornellas, in order to listen to those concerned and to establish the facts. The enquiry – which lasted from December 2014 to March 2015 – collected testimonies from 14 people. 
  • In March 2015, L’Arche International received the conclusions of the canonical enquiry, which they circulated in a letter addressed to all L’Arche members, which was accessible on L’Arche International’s external website. In this mail L’AI stresses that: ‘We strongly condemn these actions, aware as we are of the serious impact they have had on the lives of their victims. We reaffirm our regret and our compassion for all those concerned. It is inevitable that such acts call us to take a new look at Père Thomas’ teaching and at his contribution to L’Arche’s development.’   
  • In May 2015, during a wide circulation of L’Arche International’s letter, Jean Vanier also sent out a letter in which he acknowledged the suffering caused to the victims at the hands of père Thomas and expressed his compassion for the victims and his incomprehension.  
  • In October 2015, the newspaper ‘La Croix’, that we had given an interview to, published an article entitled ‘L’Arche sheds light on the hidden side of P. Thomas Philippe’.
  • At the end of 2015, we launched a review of the foundation of L’Arche that we entrusted to 5 people, two of whom are not from L’Arche. They interviewed approximately 40 people who were in L’Arche during the founding period with a view to clarifying, according to them, the respective roles of Jean and père Thomas in L’Arche’s foundation. The work of synthesis of these testimonies will end up in 2017. 
  • At the end of 2016,  a listening point, run by psychologists from outside of L’Arche, was set up in the Oise region to offer support to potential victims of père Thomas, whether they had made themselves known as such to L’Arche or not. This listening point was then opened up to all those who felt themselves to have been abused by a member of L’Arche.   

L’Arche International remains in touch with the victims of père Thomas who contacted them and does its utmost to accompany them on their road to healing. In collaboration with some of them, symbolic actions, such as a Eucharist for the victims in the chapel in Trosly, took place on the 6th of April, 2017.

Protecting the dignity of each human being, starting with the most fragile, is a central part of L’Arche’s mission and fighting abuse is evidently at the heart of our concerns. These recently revealed historical tragedies only serve to further strengthen our determination. 


Letter from Patrick Fontaine and Eileen Glass - March 2015

Article from La Croix - October 16th 2015

Letter from Jean Vanier - October 2016 (the original signed letter is on the French page)

Homily by Mgr Pierre d'Ornellas, Eucharist for victims of Père Thomas in Trosly - April 6th 2017

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