A Former Live-In Assistant Reflects on His Time at L’Arche Chicago

What Surprised You Most About Living in L’Arche?

The most surprising thing at L’Arche for me was that I began to understand how wonderful it is to do things slow (very slow) sometimes! You see so many more wonderful things when you live life as slow as possible! It gives you time to process the uniqueness of living life!

Noah and Julius enjoying the 2014 Golf Classic

Noah and Julius enjoying the 2014 Golf Classic

While living at L’Arche Chicago, I found trust, confidence, love and wonderful people! The future doesn’t seem so scary anymore! I know that I can be whatever I want to be!

What did you do on a daily basis?

I think it is hard to describe what I did at L’Arche on a daily basis! It would be a long list of more or less interesting things!  It meant I woke up early to have breakfast with the core members, went to the YMCA, enjoyed and  LOOOVED Chicago (and the food)!

Living in L’Arche means to celebrate each other and the lives of each other whenever you can!

It meant we had little snacks together, cooked together, cleaned the house, and did the grocery shopping. It meant that together as a community, we were happy about little things, mad about little things, laughed until we cried and cried because sometimes situations can make us really sad!

Living at L’Arche we have good conversations with everybody, shared whatever you have, to be who you are, to pray with each other and to be interested in each other!

It meant to make things important even when they doesn’t seem very important at first! Living in L’Arche means to celebrate each other and the lives of each other whenever you can!

It is and was pure life for me - isn’t that wonderful?! And the best thing is, you do it all together so you never have to feel alone!


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(This article was in our Summer 2015 issue of Two by Two, our twice a year publication highlighting the L'Arche Life in Chicago. Don't get the Two by TwoSubscribe today to have it delivered right to your door twice a year.)