Over many decades, Sligo has been an example for the whole country in their appreciation and support for people with intellectual disability. Jean Vanier’s visits to Sligo have been an inspiration and impetus to have his L'Arche and Faith and Light communities established here. His internationally renowned advocacy for all people who have an intellectual disability has found a warm response in Sligo.
For many years now many people have worked faithfully together and a thriving Faith and Light community meets frequently for prayer and friendship. They are part of the national and international federation of communities.
Great efforts were also made to have a residential L'Arche community founded in Sligo. A local committee was formed, a charity shop was opened in the town and volunteers had been fundraising towards this goal. However, due to the downturn in the economic climate that is not currently being pursued.
Nevertheless, the setback has not stopped Sligo in their impetus to help. The local committee in conjunction with L'Arche Ireland have agreed that the monies collected for the opening of L’Arche Sligo be dispersed for the support of people with intellectual disability in L’Arche Ireland and L’Arche International.
Pictured above are photos of a recent event to mark the transfer of funds collected by L'Arche Sligo to create an Annual Bursary, which will allow Sligo students to attend retreats with Jean Vanier, as well as help fund overseas members of L’Arche attending L'Arche international meetings in Ireland, contribute to the L'Arche overseas fund for developing countries, and assist the four L'Arche communities already established in Ireland.
The charity shop continues under the auspices of the sister organisation Faith and Light, and significantly supports all the Irish Faith and Light communities, the involvement of young people throughout the country, and the funding of new Faith and Light communities throughout the developing world.
We wish the Faith and light shop the very best and please support them if you are in Sligo.