Fellow parishioner, Corrine Paige, brings news of a rare opportunity: the only showing in the Boston area of Summer in the Forest, a documentary about the Catholic Apostolate L’Arche. Please join us as we learn about and support the local L’Arche Community by attending this one night special screening, July 12th from 6:30-8:30pm, at the AMC Loews Methuen 20 & IMAX — 90 Pleasant Valley St, Methuen, MA.
If you are interested in attending, please email as soon as possible, as there were only 35 more seats available as of May 30th.
Under the influence of of Father Thomas Philippe Canadian-born layman Jean Vanier founded the L’Arche Community for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in France in 1964. More information about the film can be found here.
Here are some resources for learning more about this admirable apostolate:
The website of the International L’Arche organization explains their philosophy — “As I am”…each person has a unique value, with or without a disability, a direct expression of the Catholic understanding of the human person — and how their residential homes differ from community to community around the world.
The website of L’Arche USA tells about the various communities here in our own country — the first opened in 1972. Now there are 18 and one of them is right here, sponsoring this film. This site also has a good section on the movement’s founder, Jean Vanier.
Finally the website of L’Arche Boston North (in Haverhill) describes how this beautiful apostolate is expressed locally, and — if you are moved of the Spirit — how you can assist in its work.