Mike Marino: A Gentle Witness of God

There was a depth to Mike that was likely too deep for any of us to discover and fully know, let alone put into words. How could someone be so gentle, loving and kind? There is a mystery there that pinpoints to God, and that our minds can't fully comprehend…

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Luca Badetti
A Legacy of Stories

Today and in the weeks to come we will remember Jean Vanier in a variety of ways. Many of us will share stories of encountering Jean, whether in person, through his writings or retreats. We'll hear from core members about what it was like to have Jean with us, visiting Chicago. Undoubtedly, we will give thanks for his simple yet profound vision that sparked a worldwide movement of communities where everyone knows that they are a source of joy.

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Mic Altena
Sharing Time

A recent transplant from the city’s north side, I was hoping to connect with a local non-profit, and my pastor had suggested L’Arche Chicago might be a good fit.  Mic and I grabbed coffee and then took a walk, with my toddler strapped in his stroller. Amid a light drizzle, we talked about Mic’s story, L’Arche’s story, my story, and how they might intersect.

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Keri Lucas
Finding Home

Ten months ago, I came to L’Arche Chicago as a live-in assistant at Friendship House. I had no idea who I would live with or how my life would change; I only knew that I felt called to embrace this faith-based community of adults with and without disabilities who share life together and serve as a sign of God’s love in the world.

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Jessie Babcock
Values of L'Arche: Solidarity

I decided to interview Anders, core member at Angel House, about his trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2017. Anders was invited to represent L’Arche Chicago at the quinquennial gathering of the L’Arche International Federation (154 communities in 38 countries), in order to join organizational planning, learn from, celebrate with and enjoy the presence of community members from around the world.

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Jeremy Chia
Stories of Celebration: Here and Abroad

The spirit of celebration at the core of many of them cannot go unnoticed: stories of parents whose lives have been profoundly touched by the presence of a child with a disability, stories of people who want to "break the wall" between people with and without disabilities, stories of people who want to bring disability awareness in their own contexts.

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Luca Badetti
Welcoming John

L’Arche Chicago is so excited to introduce the newest resident of Peace House, John! John moved in on January 20 th and is already making Peace House his home.

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Sarah Lineberry
Sharing coffee, sharing stories

Last Wednesday, Tim and Ryan invited Anders, Nate, and myself to join them for their weekly Sugar Fixe. We sat outside in the crisp fall weather holding our drinks tightly in our hands to stay warm. Anders, opting for his afternoon Coke Zero, kept his hands in his jacket between sips.

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Matt Whalen
Hope among the dust

L’Arche International featured the L’Arche community in Damascus, Syria, last week. They consider the community to be a “flower of hope” amidst the crippling insecurity and heavy violence that has plagued the city and country for years.

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Susan Zhu