Tribute to Norma Rigby

L’Arche Genesaret gives thanks for the life and enormous contribution of Norma Rigby (9/2/1925-27/2/2015). Norma played a pivotal role in the formation of L’Arche in Australia. The following tribute, written by Eileen Glass AM, long-term Genesaret member and Vice International Leader of L’Arche, is published here with kind permission of Norma’s family & Eileen Glass. This tribute was read out at Norma’s funeral on Saturday 7 March at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Manuka, Canberra. Read more


Jubilant Celebration

On 16 August more than 230 people attended a celebration dinner at the Hellenic Club of Canberra to celebrate 50 years of L’arche in the world.

L’Arche began in Trosly-Breuil, France 50 years ago by Jean Vanier who heard the deep cry of people living with an intellectual disability for friendship and a place of belonging.

Eileen Glass, Vice International Leader, gave the key note address and challenged us Read more


Gatherings for spiritual reflection

Desert Morning

We gather together on the first Tuesday of every month for “Desert Morning”, a time of input and reflection. Many spiritual traditions recognise “the desert” as a symbolic place of reflection and withdrawal in order to be refreshed to re-engage with the joys and challenges of daily living.

Come and join us at 20 Jensen St, Hughes, from 9.30-11am, for reflection and a simple morning tea.

Open Prayer

Open Prayer is held every fourth Monday evening at St Alban’s Anglican church, Chappell St, Lyons, from 7pm.

As the name suggests, it’s open to anyone who might like to join with the L’Arche Genesaret community for a time of prayer and community connection. Each evening usually follows a particular theme, is inclusive of people with an intellectual disability, and involves singing and contemplative silence.

L’Arche Gensaret is non-denominational and welcomes people from all faiths & spiritualties and those with no particular religious belief or affiliation.