Learn More About L’Arche

Throughout its history, core members, assistants, and friends of L'Arche have written and shared about their experiences of life as a community of giftedness. See our favorite sources below for inspiration, hope, and the L’Arche way. 


from on being: l’ARCHE, A Community of brokenness and Beauty

Forty years ago in France, philosopher Jean Vanier founded an international movement, L'Arche. The L'Arche community in Clinton, Iowa is part of this movement — people of faith living and worshipping alongside developmentally handicapped adults. There are now over 120 L'Arche communities in 18 countries. The community in Clinton is one of the oldest and most rural of the 14 American communities. Click to listen to this "radio pilgrimage," as On Being’s Krista Tippett takes listeners into a radically different faith community that confronts our assumptions about service and diversity, and the worth of individuals.


People with intellectual disabilities live in the shadows of a persistent view – present in all cultures – that they are the undesirables. This is one of our world's significant injustices. It is one we can change. L'Arche International's web series "As I Am" is an invitation to imagine the world differently and to rejoice in who you are as you are.


Our Reading List

Jean Vanier,
Community and Growth

Henri Nouwen,
Adam: God's Beloved

Henri Nouwen,
The Road to Daybreak

Stanley Hauerwas and Jean Vanier,
Living Gently in a Violent World: The Prophetic Witness of Weakness

Kevin Reimer,
Living L'Arche: Stories of Compassion, Love, and Disability