Relationship - Transformation - Sign

  Click here to read our Holiday letter, which includes news about our new home!  
  Click here to read our founder Jean Vanier's recent letter to communities.
 

Upcoming Events

***LOCATION UPDATE***

Monday, Jan. 18, 7pm: Community Night will be at our original house this month (NOT the new house!) at 2900 Marshall Ave.

Please visit our Events page to learn more!  

 

Assistant Openings

We are not currently seeking live-in or live-out assistants for our community. To find out more about becoming an assistant, visit www.larcheusa.org.

 

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