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

7. "Pardon et misericorde"

Item consists of 1 audio cassette featuring a Covenant Retreat (Retraite de l'Alliance) in April 1984, with talks by Pere M.D. Philippe, O.P. The title of the retreat was, "L'Alliance et le mystere de la croix."

Jean Vanier, #2

Item consists of 1 audio cassette featuring a talk given at a Covenant Retreat from October 10-16, 1990. The retreat took place in North Bay, ON.

Jean Vanier, #4

Item consists of 1 audio cassette featuring a talk given at a Covenant Retreat from October 10-16, 1990. The retreat took place in North Bay, ON.

Jean Vanier, #5

Item consists of 1 audio cassette featuring a talk given at a Covenant Retreat from October 10-16, 1990. The retreat took place in North Bay, ON.

Jean Vanier, #10

Item consists of 1 audio cassette featuring a talk given at a Covenant Retreat from October 10-16, 1990. The retreat took place in North Bay, ON.

3. "Receiving forgiveness - we can forgive"

Item consists of 1 audio cassette from a Faith and Sharing (Foi et Portage) event in Liverpool, UK, in 1977. The theme of the ecumenical retreat was 'Followers of Jesus,' and the retreat was led by Jean Vanier. The cassette feature talks by Jean Vanier.

4. "Love listens to receive the Word"

Item consists of 1 audio cassette from a Faith and Sharing (Foi et Portage) event in Liverpool, UK, in 1977. The theme of the ecumenical retreat was 'Followers of Jesus,' and the retreat was led by Jean Vanier. The cassette feature talks by Jean Vanier.

6. "The pathway of love"

Item consists of 1 audio cassette from a Faith and Sharing (Foi et Portage) event in Liverpool, UK, in 1977. The theme of the ecumenical retreat was 'Followers of Jesus,' and the retreat was led by Jean Vanier. The cassette feature talks by Jean Vanier.

Thursday, October 19, 1978, 8:30 p.m. Jean Vanier, "Opening Our Hearts to the Spirit" at Blanchet High School (Public Talk). Opening introductions by Archbishop Hunthausen. Included are questions and answers at the end of the talk.

Item consists of 1 audio cassette from a Faith and Sharing (Foi et Portage) retreat at St. Thomas Seminary in Kenmore, WA. The retreat took place from October 16-21, 1978. The recording begins with an introduction to the talk and its date.

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