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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections
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L'Arche Audiovisual Collection

  • CA ON00389 C5
  • Fonds
  • 1968 - 2004

Collection consists of audiovisual materials featuring recordings of events given by and used by members of l'Arche International/Internationale. This material includes 1708 audio cassettes, 37 videocassettes, 8 film reels, and 78 audio reels. Much of the material features recordings created at L'Arche retreats internationally, such as the Covenant Retreat, Renewal Retreat, and Faith and Light Retreat. Prominent speakers include Jean Vanier, Henri Nouwen, Joe Egan, Robert Larouche and Sue Mosteller.

The majority of the audio files feature Jean Vanier, usually speaking at retreats. The film reels are recordings made and collected by L'Arche Daybreak, and feature a CBC film on Daybreak (from 1970), pilgramages and trips made by Faith and Light and Daybreak. There is also a film reel of Jean Vanier.

Collection has been arranged into eight series:

  1. Head of House and regional meetings
  2. Covenant retreats
  3. Faith and Sharing
  4. Federation meetings
  5. Assistants' retreats and meetings
  6. L'Arche Renewals
  7. Other events, talks, and speakers
  8. Audio reels and film reels

Collection also includes a binder which functioned as a catalogue for many of the cassettes that were housed at l'Arche Daybreak until 2004 and 2006. This binder is located in series 7.

L'Arche Daybreak (Association)

Head of House and Regional Meetings

Series consists of 68 audio cassettes made during the course of Head of House meetings or Regional meetings of L'Arche International. The Head of House provides support for the Community Leader by taking direct responsibility for the home. The Leader administrates the overall community, but the Heads of Houses take on the responsibilities of the home for the Leader. The Community Leader regularly meets with Heads of Houses to hear details, issues, listen to questions, to make community announcements, and create a supportive community around any situations that may need support.

Regional meeting 1981

File consists of 16 audio cassettes of the Central Regional Meeting from May 24-26, 1981, given by Fr. Bill Clarke and Dr. Larry Gillick. The cassettes numbered v7-v10 are part of a separate group, but are the same talks of v1-v6.

Head of House Meeting 1982

File consists of 34 audio cassettes featuring recordings of talks given at a North America Head of House meeting held from November 8-14, 1982, in Châteauguay, Quebec. The first 12 cassettes are translations of the talks in English (with duplicate copies), while the last 12 are the talks as given in French.

11. Jan Risse, "Conclusion."

Item consists of 1 audio cassette featuring a recording of a talk given at a North America Head of House meeting held from November 8-14, 1982, in Châteauguay, Quebec.

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