The L'Arche Story


The cottage was named L’Arche, after Noah’s Ark, in hopes that it would be a place of refuge and a symbol of God’s provision. This cottage in the village of Trosly-Breuil soon became a home where individuals with and without intellectual disabilities lived together. As the story of L’Arche spread, people from around the world came to Trosly-Breuil to experience life in the flourishing community. Today, L’Arche has grown into an International Federation, with 156 communities in 38 countries worldwide.

In 1964, several men moved into
an abandoned cottage in northern France.


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Sister Donna-Marie Perry FCJ, Delphine Lemire, and Pat and Jo Lenon began L’Arche Calgary as an act of faith, without knowing how it would be funded.


We began with one home that was generously gifted to our community. Over the last 49 years, we have grown to become 5 houses, a day program, and a supported living program.


In our homes and programs, Core Members live and work alongside Assistants who join us from all over the world. People with and without intellectual disabilities experience the rhythms of daily life alongside one another.


Whether sharing supper on a typical Tuesday or going on an outing to celebrate a special occasion, our family model of care allows us to build trust and mutual relationships.

As we enter our 50th year as L’Arche Calgary, we celebrate our past and eagerly look ahead to the future of our community.

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L'Arche Calgary was founded in 1973.