“My life-journey has been one of relationships with wonderful and amazing people, some of whom were disabled, and all of whom shaped my transformation.”
Sue Mosteller is originally from Ohio and attended boarding school with the Sisters of St. Joseph. "The Sisters were open, friendly, and their spirit and vitality drew me, and made me thrive." She later entered the order.
L’Arche and Jean Vanier
While teaching she met Jean Vanier, Founder of the International network of L'Arche Communities. She said, “I was moved in my heart by this man of God.’ At Vanier’s request, she helped organize North Americans for a pilgrimage to Lourdes for people with disabilities, their families, and young people. She and Sr. Marie Paradis chartered two and a half planes and went to Lourdes with 500 people from North America, joining 12,000 others from 14 countries. Said Sr. Sue. “I was strengthened by this powerful experience."
L’Arche Daybreak and Henri Nouwen
In 1972, Sue began working with L'Arche in Richmond Hill, and remarked, "It’s a gift for me to live here." For 40 years, Sue served in leadership of the L’Arche the Daybreak community and the Federation of L’Arche. Among other roles, Sue became the first leader after Jean Vanier of the International Federation of L’Arche and led L’Arche through a period of significant international expansion in the 1980’s. She also worked closely with Fr. Henri Nouwen during his ten years at Daybreak. Sue has published four books: the latest, Light Through the Crack: Life after Loss. She was surprised to learn after the untimely death of Henri Nouwen that she had been designated by Henri as Literary Executrix of his estate. Sue established the Henri Nouwen Archival Collection at the University of Toronto St. Michael’s College and been deeply engaged in all aspects of the Nouwen Literary Legacy over the past two decades. Sue continues to give retreats and workshops around and beyond North America. Sue has received several Honorary Doctorates that honor her life and leadership.
Of her life to date she says, "My life-journey has been one with wonderful and amazing people, some of whom were disabled, and all of whom shaped my transformation. They demonstrated that love is possible, God's forgiveness is essential, and we are called to walk together on earth."