Thursday, February 12, 2009


. . . calls upon society to welcome those who are marginalised and to recognise how people with learning disabilities call us all to live in unity and peace. . . .

"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 learning disabilities, to come and share their life in the spirit of the Gospel and of the Beatitudes that Jesus preached."

From this first Community, born in France and in the Roman Catholic tradition, many other Communities have developed in various cultural and religious traditions. These Communities, called into being by God, are united by the same vision and the same spirit of welcome, sharing and simplicity.

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