L’Arche Stories

Storytelling is a powerful way for personal and communal discovery, connection, and sense of belonging. Through powerful stories, Jean Vanier shared what he was discovering with tens of thousands of people. It’s the most effective way to share the wisdom, vision, and values of L’Arche.

L’Arche seeks to make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships. We will primarily publish stories with and by persons with intellectual disabilities. When we publish stories about relationships with persons with intellectual disabilities, we will do so with care and respect.


Marcos’ First Love

Episode 11 of the #AsIAm Web Series

Claire de Miribel, a source of inspiration

Have you heard of Claire de Miribel? The elders of L’Arche will no doubt remember that she was one of the first coordinators of L’Arche Internationale. Like Jean Vanier, Claire was a source of great inspiration for many people and a model of deep commitment to the mission of L’Arche.

A Gift with Words

Mary Jean Hillhouse is a woman of words. It’s not that she speaks nonstop, but that when she speaks, you stop and listen.

When a Man Becomes a Butterfly

Richard had a disability. A childhood fall from a horse had long-term repercussions. Whenever he walked, he leaned slightly to the side, as though he were always about to gather flowers along his path. As it happened, Richard possessed an intimate understanding of flowers and plants, calling each one of them by name. He knew their gifts and fragility, as well as how to take care of them.