Marilyn, a L'Arche resident, blesses Grace LeChevallier.
Robyn peers through her Mardi Gras mask.
Before Lent, the L'Arche Portland community gathered for a Mardi Gras celebration, blessed the newest member of its leadership team and received the L'Arche Jubilee Ark from L'Arche Seattle.
Hosted by St. Michael and All Angels Church, the community of people with disabilities assisted by those without shared a potluck meal before crafting Mardi Gras masks and medallions. Each medallion had the name of a L'Arche community from around the world which now will be prayed for by local L'Arche residents.
L'Arche Portland is part of an international federation, with more than 145 communities in 40 countries around the world.
The community welcomed Grace LeChevallier, who recently reentered the community as licensing coordinator. This is a new leadership role at L'Arche Portland, focusing on the care of core members. Originally from Portland, LeChevallier first entered L'Arche as a Jesuit Volunteer in the L'Arche Mobile community, before returning to Portland as a live-in assistant at L'Arche Portland from 2009-'11. She most recently worked for the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Foundation.
The event concluded with a Mardi Gras parade celebrating the Jubilee Ark presented by members of the L'Arche Seattle community. This year marks the 50th anniversary of L'Arche, and is being marked by five Arks traveling to each community around the world. All five Arks will be presented to Jean Vanier, the founder of L'Arche, at a celebration in France in October.
For more information about L'Arche Portland, call (503) 251-6901 or email [email protected]