Together in the Mission
Participants: 28 Long-term Assistants from across the Federation
Project timeline: 2 sessions, 4 days of formation per workshop

What it is

  • Through this formation, Assistants take time to to step back from their daily life, to reflect on the meaning of life in L’Arche, and to renew their commitment to the mission.
  • Participants learn from invited speakers, small group leaders, and other long-term Assistants who are living out the vision and mission of L’Arche in very different cultural and socio-economic contexts. 

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"It allowed me to go deep into the heart of our mission.” - Participant

Why it is needed

  • Assistants have a very important role to play in L’Arche communities. They make sure the Core Members receive quality care and live out the vision and mission of L’Arche. 
  • Long-term Assistants (who commit for more than five years) are key to community life, offering stability and ongoing relationships to the Core Members, and carrying organizational wisdom when leaders change. 

Why it is unique

  • The workshop is a deeply self-reflective time where participants develop an awareness of their own personal mission, within the mission of L’Arche. 
  • Participants are exposed to the dark history of Auschwitz concentration camp to help them clarify/affirm their personal commitment to stand with vulnerable people groups and work for a more humane society. 

Funding needs

  • Compensation for Formation Coordinators. Formation booklets.
  • Travel and registration fees for participants (usually 10) coming from communities unable to cover the costs.
  • Miscellaneous small expenses. 

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