L’Arche is

Celebrating its 50th!



We invite you to celebrate with us!


Check The L’Arche USA Anniversary Events Page for Celebrations Near You.
Contact us
to find out more about the celebrations and how you can participate.

learn more

about how L’Arche is celebrating this anniversary year.

View a Message from Jean Vanier for the Jubilee
Read a Jubilee interview with Philippe Seux
Learn About the Global Travels of Anniversary Arks
Follow the Anniversary Ark’s Travels on This Map
To see more of Robert Ross’ artwork, play this video from St. James Cathedral in Seattle

Stay tuned for the next L’Arche USA Hopesigns newsletters, which will include founding stories of L’Arche in France and the U.S., reflect on our current place in the world and look ahead to new opportunities for our future.

Pray with us

Print out your own copy of the L’Arche Jubilee Prayer

Join us in Song and Dance

Our friends in L’Arche France shared this Jubilee Song with us. Enjoy! (It is in French but it is promised to make you want to sing and dance along).

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View Photos of the Early Days of L’Arche


Jean and Raphael and Philippe




 [Raphael Simi, Jean Vanier, Philippe Seux in 1966, L’Arche International]

The First L'Arche Home




[The First L’Arche Home, L’Arche International]




Pierrot, Raphael and Philippe at L’Arche in Trosly-Breuil (photo from Mira Chmelir, one of the first L’Arche assistants)
Marie Benoit and Pierrot at L’Arche in Trosly-Breuil 1969 (photo from Mira Chmelir)
Jean, Andre Lecor and Friends at Dinner in 1965 (photo from Mira Chmelir)
L’Arche Asha Niketan in Bangalore, India in 1970 (photo from Mira Chmelir)
Raphael at the 1978 International Gathering in France (from L’Arche Syracuse founder,
Doug Mouncey)