L’Arche Daybreak’s strength comes from its spiritual foundation and community worship is an important part of life here. In 1985, a centre known as Dayspring opened to support the spiritual lives of all members of the community as well as a wide network of friends and visitors. With the seminal leadership of Sue Mosteller and Henri Nouwen, Dayspring has become central to the development of Daybreak’s spiritual life.
Over the years it has become clear that the spiritual formation offered here is enriching not only to community members but also to those who work in other ministries. In 1999, the Dayspring moved to the beautiful new centre designed by architect Joe Lobko. The themes of Solitude, Community and Ministry are echoed in the building which includes spaces for worship and contemplation as well as space for meetings, formation, and retreats.
Dayspring is the current home base for Spirit Movers, the community’s dance troupe that includes people of all abilities. During the school year, retreats for high school students have become an integral part of the Dayspring ministry. Dayspring also partners with the Henri Nouwen Society in the Seeds of Hope series of Saturday morning retreats scheduled several times a year. For the past few years, Dayspring has hosted an event as part of Holocaust Education Week in November. There is also a monthly gathering of community members and local friends for Sacred Circle Dance.
L’Arche Daybreak is a non-denominational, interfaith community that welcomes people from all spiritual traditions. Our regular worship services are on a revolving schedule that includes the Anglican, Roman Catholic, United Church and Taizé traditions. Periodically, the community commemorates special feasts in the Jewish and Islamic traditions. Our spiritual life is reflective of the rich inter-religious and multi-cultural context of Toronto.
Worship services at Dayspring are open to the public on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8:30 am and Friday evenings at 7:30 pm.