Relationship - Transformation - Sign


Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 29: L'Arche Old Time Square Dance -- This is a L'Arche Solidarity Dance, suggested donation is $5.00 which will be donated to L'Arche Communities in developing world.  Dance will be held at the College Church Ballroom, St. Francis Xavier Church lower level (3628 Lindell Blvd. 63108) Enter side entrance off of Grand Ave. Free Parking in the SLU Laclede Parking Garage.  Everyone welcome, bring family, friends and neighbors!!


L'Arche Evening with Friends--Wednesday May 31, 2017--An evening with Michael Joseph McDonald and the L'Arche St. Louis Community.  St. Louis Universtiy High School--Currigan Room, 4970 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, MO--Park in Parking Lot on Oakland Ave.  Michael is the filmmaker behind L'Arche's latest docu-series "AsIAm", see link below.  We will begin at 7:00pm

Community Nights -- the 2nd Tuesday of each month (unless announced otherwise), 7-8:30pm at Glendale Lutheran Church (1365 N Sappington Rd, 63122). All are welcome. Get community updates, participate in a monthly-themed activity, have snacks and mingle.

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

Click here to read our founder Jean Vanier's recent letter to communities. 


Assistant Openings

We have an opening for a live-in full-time Assistant.

L’Arche St. Louis is a dynamic faith-centered community sharing life with persons who have a developmental disability. We are expanding and want to hire live-in assistants. This is a full-time paid position with benefits, more than a job, L’Arche offers an exceptional and life changing adventure in friendship, self-discovery, and faith. We are looking for people who have an open heart, a willingness to learn, a commitment to personal growth, and a belief in the unique sacredness of every person.  We will provide training.  Send inquiry or resume to: or call our office at (314) 405-8025

Visit to learn more about live-in and live-out assistant opportunities in our region.


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