On the weekend of February 1 and 2 the President of L’Arche Australia, Mr David Treanor, and Mrs Eileen Glass, an International advocate for L’Arche and the Director of Development and Fundraising across Australia will be in Shepparton to speak to interested persons. There will be a screening of the film, Summer in the Forest on February 2nd.
In early 2020 a group of interested people plan to launch a fund raising venture to establish a residential home for intellectually disabled people in Shepparton. We are looking for more people to become involved in the project.
The proposed residential home will be different from other existing houses as it will have a Christian focus and be open to all denominations and faiths and have full time live in carers.
On the weekend of February 1 and 2 the President of L’Arche Australia, Mr David Treanor, and Mrs Eileen Glass, an International advocate for L’Arche and the Director of Development and Fundraising across Australia will be in Shepparton to speak to interested persons about this project. They will speak at an information session in the Monsignor Jeffery Centre in Knight Street Shepparton at 2pm on Saturday February 1.
On Sunday February 2 a film, Summer In The Forest, will be shown in The Monsignor Bones Hall in Knight Street Shepparton. A box lunch will be available from 12 noon followed by the film at 12:30. Cost is $25 per ticket. The film is an extraordinary tender documentary that asks what it means to be human and features Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche.
For more information please ring
Denise on 0432 O54 003 or
Gail on 0400 531 856
Summer in the Forest
Like countless others Philippe, Michel, Andre and Patrick were labeled ‘idiots’, locked away and forgotten in violent asylums, until the 1960s, when the young philosopher Jean Vanier took a stand and secured their release – the first time in history that anyone had beaten the system. Together they created L’Arche, a commune at the edge of a beautiful forest near Paris. A quiet revolution was born.
Now in his 80s, and still at L’Arche, Jean has discovered something that most of us have forgotten – what it is to be human, to be foolish, and to be happy.
SUMMER IN THE FOREST invites us to abandon the rat race and forge new friendships. Amid the ancient trees, Philippe, Patrick, Jean and the others welcome us into their lives. If there are rules to break, they will be broken and if there is a truth to be told, they will tell it. Michel reveals his war torn past, Andre is desperate for a date, and young David will prove himself a hero in the fight against the forces of evil. Narrated by Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche and celebrated philosopher, theologian and humanitarian, as well as the author of over 30 renowned books on religion, disability, and tolerance. Directed by Randall Wright (Hockney). Edited by Paul Binns.
House of Welcome
After much anticipation the L’Arche House of Welcome at 8 Grandview Crescent is open in Bendigo.
L’Arche (French for ‘The Ark’ – a place of refuge) was founded by Jean Vanier in 1964 when he invited three men with intellectual disability at a local institution, to come and live with him in a spirit of friendship and equality.
Today there are more than 140 communities worldwide. In Australia there are five established communities and a further four developing communities including our Bendigo community.
A L’Arche Community is a faith based community built on the establishment of mutual relationships between people with and without an intellectual disability. It extends from providing friendship networks, to supporting people to live in their own home, and community living where people with and without an intellectual disability come together to live in a L’Arche house – in a place they call home. Community members are encouraged to achieve their social, independence, living, spiritual and relational aspiration.
L’Arche Genesaret are communities of people with and without intellectual disabilities. L’Arche is based on the fundamental belief in the dignity of every person.
Within Australia there are L’Arche communities in Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, NSW, Adelaide, Perth and Bendigo.
Mrs Hurley is delighted to serve as their Patron and today hosted a group for a garden tour and morning tea at Government House.
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