L’Arche St. Louis
In May 2004, a small group of people first met to begin the process of starting a L’Arche community in St. Louis, Missouri. The original group met with Sister Marjorie Wisor, OSF, to begin praying and discussing the possibility of trying to bring a L’Arche community to St. Louis. Sister Marjorie was the founding community leader of the L’Arche community in Clinton, Iowa. She encouraged the group and provided much insight from her experience, stressing that bringing about a L’Arche community is a slow and prayerful process.
The community welcomed its first core member in June 2011 under the direction of founding community leader Janet Ryan. L’Arche St. Louis is the 17th community of L’Arche USA.
Paula Kilcoyne became community leader in 2014. Today, the community consists of one home with a total of eight people with and without intellectual disabilities living together. The community is working to purchase a second home in Maplewood.
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