Stories

“Cool!”

By John Guido

Over the past year, the series Mon Ami Gil has introduced us to a man of few words who has much to say. Our friend Gil shared his life and inspired us in many ways. He enjoyed his professional photo shoot and encouraged us to offer the same opportunity to other persons with intellectual disabilities through a photo contest.

Tiana from British Colombia was the first to share the results of her photo session with us. She was thrilled with the experience, as related in the article “Presenting… Tiana!

Tiana really liked Gil’s slideshow and she wondered what he would think of her photos. So, naturally, we went to the man himself to get his reaction as he watched Tiana’s slideshow. It’s safe to say that Gil approved. We’re delighted that this has been a positive experience and that they have made this connection through mutual appreciation.

We’re grateful that we followed Gil’s lead and gave others a chance to step in front of the camera. And that Tiana took the risk to share herself with us. Perhaps, Gil is inviting each of us to take the risk to be seen and to support others to do the same. Imagine a world where every person has the opportunity to shine.

 


Michael and the Bigger Story

It was a man of few words who taught me to see all stories, even the ones that cannot be spoken.

Church Street House and Helen

From “Accidental Friends: Stories from my life in community” by Beth Porter – now available in Canada from Novalis

Joe Clayton: Art, faith, and community allowed me to heal

Joe Clayton shared his powerful life story at a recent symposium, Flying to Freedom: The Journey from Institutionalization in Ontario and at L’Arche Toronto’s Listen to My Story. This article is reprinted with permission from Community Living Ontario.

“Cool!”

Tiana really liked Gil’s slideshow and she wondered what he would think of her photos. So, naturally, we went to the man himself to get his reaction as he watched Tiana’s slideshow.

“The Unremarkable Encounter” from L’Arche Honduras

Have you seen the remarkable story of Santos and Pipe? Check out the 3-part series that tells the story of their lives and the unremarkable encounters that lead them to where they now are.

Marcos’ First Love

Episode 11 of the #AsIAm Web Series

Claire de Miribel, a source of inspiration

Have you heard of Claire de Miribel? The elders of L’Arche will no doubt remember that she was one of the first coordinators of L’Arche Internationale. Like Jean Vanier, Claire was a source of great inspiration for many people and a model of deep commitment to the mission of L’Arche.

A Gift with Words

Mary Jean Hillhouse is a woman of words. It’s not that she speaks nonstop, but that when she speaks, you stop and listen.

When a Man Becomes a Butterfly

Richard had a disability. A childhood fall from a horse had long-term repercussions. Whenever he walked, he leaned slightly to the side, as though he were always about to gather flowers along his path. As it happened, Richard possessed an intimate understanding of flowers and plants, calling each one of them by name. He knew their gifts and fragility, as well as how to take care of them.