Jean Vanier to Receive 2015 Templeton Prize at St Martin-in-the-fields on May 18th

May 16, 2015 a few friends, Odile, Pam Cushing, Jean Vanier, Ann Osler, Isabelle, and Marth Bala gather in London to prepare for the ceremony.

Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche, an international network of communities where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together as peers, will receive the 2015 Templeton Prize at an inspirational ceremony at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square London at 6pm on 18th May. “Let us meet across differences – intellectual, cultural, national, racial, religious and other differences.Then from this initial meeting … [Read more...]

L’Arche Inverness turns 40!

Photo of Elizabeth and Mary Anne

Elizabeth Buckley, who today makes her home at L'Arche Daybreak, was the founding community leader at L'Arche Inverness in Scotland. She moved there in 1973 after spending time in the original L'Arche community in Trosly France. L'Arche Inverness was founded in March 1975 after a local lady, Jean Graham, donated her father's house (Braerannoch) to L'Arche. As L'Arche and its vision were such a new concept in the town it meant that there was … [Read more...]

A Homily for Rita

Rita O'Connor, centre, on March 7, 2015 celebrating the retirement of a friend

March 21, 2015 - A Homily for Rita O'Connor at the Dayspring, Wendy Lywood 2 CORINTHIANS 4:7-10 I somehow think that Rita would be delighted with the version we have heard of Paul’s 2nd letter to the Corinthians. Paul is saying that we have this beautiful treasure, the grace and gift of our ordinary lives, held in what he calls “cracked pots of earth and clay”. It’s Paul’s way, I think, of saying that human life is vulnerable and, … [Read more...]

Ten Things about Rita

Rita O'Connor - photo taken at the Coptic Church - neighbours of L'Arche Daybreak

For Rita O'Connor (1958 - 2015) a Eulogy by her friend Clara Frascetti I first met Rita when she began coming to the Dayspring to attend our Friday night worship as a new member of our community about 15 years ago. The significance of my relationship with Rita took a whole new turn when she offered to come and visit me and the 4 children under the age of 5 that I was home with in Newmarket. These visits, in the last 10 years, were weekly and … [Read more...]


Jean Vanier in his home, Trosley-Breuil France, 2013

PRESS RELEASE from the TEMPLETON FOUNDATION - March 11, 2015 Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche, a revolutionary international network of communities where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together as peers, has won the 2015 Templeton Prize. L’Arche encourages people toward mutually transformative relationships, where those who help are transformed by those they encounter. Vanier discovered that those people … [Read more...]