L’Arche’s founder Jean Vanier is first and foremost described by his companions as a man with heart, a man of compassion. Visit the comprehensive web site that presents the man, the message, and the work of this passionate advocate for humanity and truth.
The internationally renowned priest and author, respected professor and beloved pastor Henri Nouwen wrote over 40 books on the spiritual life. Henri spent the last 10 years of his life (1986-1996) in the L’Arche community of Daybreak in Richmond Hill, north of Toronto, Canada.
Daybreak was his homecoming. He lived in one of the homes and was asked to help Adam Arnett, a man with a severe disability, with his morning routine. Nouwen’s book Adam, God’s Beloved describes how Adam became his friend, his teacher, and his guide. The Henri Nouwen Society fosters the spirituality of solitude, community, and compassion that was embodied in the life and teaching of Henri Nouwen.
Faith and Light is an international prayer community with more than 1,600 prayer groups in 81 countries made up of people who have intellectual disabilities, their families, and friends. They meet regularly for worship as a community and in small groups. The organization was born out of a desire to help people who have intellectual disabilities find a place within the church and society. L’Arche Greater Washington, D.C. participates in a local chapter.