What is L'Arche

In 1964 in France a Canadian philosopher, Jean Vanier began L'Arche, French for the word Ark. The name was chosen as a place of safety and hospitality from destructive forces. From a prominent diplomatic family and with a promising career of his own, Jean made the radical choice to leave privileges behind and move into a small house in an obscure French village with several developmentally disabled men from a large mental institution.  Out of this seemingly personal and hidden choice and without Jean having planned it, an international community of more than 150 communities was born. L'Arche homes are spirited and joyful places where everyone's gifts are fostered and valued. Human and spiritual values are both vibrantly alive, and friends form an extended family. Offering a life-long home and support to those with intellectual disabilities is the mission of every L'Arche community.

L'Arche Frederick has been growing our Community since 2009.

We have been leading monthly events at Saint Katharine Drexel  Church in Frederick Maryland for the last five years, and looking to open our first home in 2020. We are also currently looking to hire a Community Leader.

Our Mission

L'Arche Frederick's mission is to create a community of loving, life-long homes where people with and without disabilities live and work together as peers; create inclusive communities of faith and friendship; and transform society through relationships that cross social boundaries.

Our Values

Spirituality, Service, Mutual Relationships, and Outreach


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