L’Arche is based on a fundamental belief in the dignity of every person.

Whatever our gifts or their limitations, we are all bound together in a common humanity. We believe that everyone is of unique and sacred value, and everyone has the same dignity and the same rights.

Our identity

  • We are people with and without intellectual disabilities, sharing life in Community, belonging to an International Federation.
  • Mutual relationships and trust in God are at the heart of our journey together.
  • We celebrate the unique value of every person and recognise our need of one another.

Our mission

  • To make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities revealed through mutually transforming relationships.
  • To foster an environment in Community that responds to the changing needs of our members, whilst being faithful to the core values of our founding story
  • To engage in our diverse cultures, working together toward a more human society

Our Charter

The Charter of L’Arche is recognised by all communities around the world in the L’Arche Federation.

Read the Charter here.