August 2, 2007
Jo Anne Horstmann —
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. In this "radio pilgrimage," we take listeners into a radically different faith community that confronts our assumptions about service and diversity, and the worth of individuals.

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Jo Anne Horstmann

serves as regional coordinator of the L'Arche Federation for the central U.S.

Pertinent Posts

A story of a young woman who put down her digital ways and learned to slow down while living in a special community in Ireland.

Selected Readings

The Charter of L'Arche

L'Arche began in 1964 when Jean Vanier and Father Thomas Philippe, in response to a call from God, invited Raphael Simi and Philippe Seux, two men with mental handicaps, to come and share their life in the spirit of the Gospel and of the Beatitudes that Jesus preached.

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Jean Vanier, C.C., 1988. (Photo by Harry Palmer)

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Seasons Greetings! FYI I tried downloading this a few times, but there seems to be a problem with this file.

I have heard Krista on NPR and enjoyed it. Now expressed an interest in L'Arche to a friend in Minnesota and he sent me this link. t was wonderful, thank you. I knew Henry Nouwen at Harvard and am interested in becoming an assistant at the Jacksonville, FL community.

So very thankful for Henri and Jean. I visited in the late 80's I believe. Thank you. Keep me updated. I am in both LA and NYC areas.