From one small home that opened in 1964, L’Arche has become a worldwide movement that now has 152 different communities in 37 countries. Each community reflects the culture of its country while holding true to the value of seeing each person as fully human.
The International Federation of L’Arche Communities is incorporated in France, with main office in Paris, France. The Federation is governed by an international board of directors and a General Assembly composed of representatives from its 152 member communities, each of which is incorporated, governed, and operated independently.
The General Assembly meets, in different cities around the world. L’Arche Greater Washington, D.C. sent representatives to the most recent Federation meeting in Belfast , Northern Ireland in 2017.
Stephan Posner and Stacy Cates-Carney, respectively the International Leader and Vice International Leader pilot the Federation of L’Arche, guiding its mission in an ever-changing world in accordance with the International Charter and Identity & Mission statements. Backed by the support of the International StewardshipBoard, they foster unity across L’Arche, and lead the implementation of the five-year Mandate entrusted to them by the Federation Assembly at Belfast, 2017.
International Leader, since Belfast, 2017
Vice-International Leader, since Belfast, 2017