Relationship - Transformation - Sign


Upcoming Events:

Sr. Sue Mosteller, CSJ

Heart Speaks to Heart: An Evening with Sue Mosteller, CSJ

Tues. May 24, 2016, 7pm. St. Louis University High School, Si Commons.   

Join L'Arche St. Louis in welcoming Sr. Sue Mosteller, CSJ, longtime leader in L'Arche. Sue was a colleague and close friend of Henri Nouwen's, and literary executrix of his works after his death. She is a writer, speaker, and inspiration to many. Her stories about friendship, community, and L'Arche will move you!


June Community Night: Community Night is switching to TUESDAY! It is now the second Tuesday of the month. Next community night will be Tuesday June 7, 7pm, at 2900 Marshall Ave. Hope to see you there!

Pitch for Developmental Disabilities, Sat. June 18, 3pm.  St. Louis Cardinals v. Texas Rangers, Busch Stadium. $30 tickets includes t-shirt, hot dog, soda. Email 

Ice Cream Social, Sat. August 20, 1pm. L'Arche St. Louis, Sunrise House, 2900 Marshall Ave., Maplewood, 63143. An annual tradition! Ice cream sundaes, a magic show, and craft sale. 

Please visit our Events page to learn more!  

Click here to read our latest newsletter, which includes updates on our new home!  

Assistant Openings

We are currently seeking live-in assistants for our community. To find out more about becoming an assistant, visit


Welcome to L'Arche St Louis

L'Arche (French for "the Ark") are communities of people with and without intellectual disabilities, as members of an International Federation.

In June 2011, L'Arche St. Louis opened its first home as the 17th L'Arche community in the USA.

We are an expansive network of people, including community members sharing life in the home in Maplewood, dedicated board and committee members, and the many friends and supporters who make this community a reality.

As a L'Arche community, we aim "to offer not a solution, but a sign, a sign that a society, to be truly human, must be founded on welcome and respect for the weak and downtrodden" (Charter of the Communities of L'Arche). Mutual relationships and trust in God are at the heart of our journey together. We celebrate the unique value of every person and recognize our need of one another.

As we continue to grow our community, we seek to follow the mission of L'Arche which is to:

  • Make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationship.
  • Foster an environment in communities that responds to the changing needs of members. being faithful to the core values of our founding story.
  • Engage in our diverse cultures, working together toward a more human society.

We invite you to click on "Participate" above to learn how to become a part of our community. Click on "About Us" to learn more about our founding story, leadership, and how to "contact us." Come and see how you can be transformed by L'Arche.


L'Arche in the News

Dec. 3, 2015 - Commonweal Magazine, "A Joy, Not a Nuisance: What the Disabled Taught Jean Vanier"

Dec. 2, 2015 - L'Arche International launches new web series #AsIAm, an invitation to imagine the world differently and to rejoice in who you are as you are.

May 20, 2015 - The world’s most vulnerable people honored by the awarding of the Templeton Prize 2015 to Jean Vanier. Click here to read the address given by Jean Vanier. View Article & Comments from Jean Vanier.

January 24, 2015 - Jean Vanier featured on the BBC Radio Listen at 1:43:10

October 30, 2014 - Jean Vanier & L'Arche receive 2014 Notre Dame Award for International Human Development & Solidarity. View Article

October 27, 2014 - "At L'Arche, those at the margins find love at the center." L'Arche in the Washington Post