A Warm Welcome into L'Arche

Luca Badetti, Director of Community Life at L'Arche Chicago, reflects on his warm welcome into the L'Arche community. Luca has lived in L'Arche communities all around the country (and world), which brings a depth and richness to his role in our community.

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Luca Badetti
Remembering Ted Stone

Father Ted, a soft-spoken and humble man, whose posture, walk, glances and attentiveness seemed to be directed to something - or better, Someone - much larger than himself. 

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Luca Badetti
Advent: Waiting for the Baby

When thinking about the anticipation and preparation for the babies in his family, Anders explained, “It was like Advent because we were waiting for their births.”  He spoke of the ways that his family prepared their homes and made plans for the new baby. He also spoke of the ways that Angel House and his church have readied themselves for the birth of Jesus at Christmas

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Sarah Ruszkowski
The things L'Arche teaches me

We just celebrated my one year anniversary here at L’Arche Chicago, and my six year anniversary in L’Arche. And I just keep learning and receiving so, so much. When I stop to think about what I have learned this year, I can almost physically feel my heart expanding.

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Sarah Ruszkowski
L'Arche is a community of faith.

We have faith in an abundant love that actively fills in the cracks of our relationships, allowing us to name areas of disappointment, celebrate areas of giftedness, and continue on in kindness. Our faith holds our community together in times of beauty and in times of fracture, and it will continue to shape us for years to come.

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Katie Robinson
L'Arche is a place of high quality care

"Sure, smaller houses make it easier to spot and respond to a problem early, but the biggest difference between L’Arche and traditional group homes is that assistants aren’t just here to do a job...We enter into relationships with each other with the understanding that everyone has something to give and to receive."

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Apostolos Kalantzis