Arlene's Lighthouse

Arlene's Lighthouse is associated with the International movement Faith and Light which was started by Jean Vanier. We are a small community made up of persons with an intellectual disability, their families and friends, particularly young friends, who meet together on a regular basis in a Christian spirit, to share friendship, pray together, party, and celebrate life.

If your family has been touched by intellectual disability, or if you want to be a friend of our community, please feel free to join us.

We usually meet at the Holy Family House on the second Friday of the month at 7:00pm.  We welcome especially teenagers who may want to befriend our kids. PLease check the bulletin, as there are exceptions to our meeting dates.  For more information on Faith and Light, please go to

Thank you for considering joining our ministry.


On November 13, 2018, our dear friend Arlene Platten passed away.  Arlene was a pioneer, and began the inclusion ministry at American Martyrs.  The first ministry, "Josma" became transformed into " Circle of Friends", and finally into "Lighthouse".  Today, we would like to honor her memory by changing the name of the ministry once more.  Henceforth, it will be "Arlene's Lighthouse" to honor her memory , and to acknowledge the role she had in the creation and development of this ministry at American Martyrs.

 We love you Arlene, and we will not forget all you have done for so many families of kids with special needs.

April 29, 2014  ** THANK YOU! **
Last week I went to Homeboy with my friend Lauren Harger to present Fr. Greg Boyle a check from our car wash. The Circle of Friends ministry, together with the Friendship Circle, organizes this event annually; it is a service project for our special needs kids. The whole American Martyrs community comes together to volunteer, to buy or sell tickets, or to wash cars.  Fr. Greg was beaming! He said he loves the American Martyrs community.  Homeboy relies on donations like ours for its subsistence. I am proud of each and every one of you for coming together in this way.
I want to thank Silas Cole from the Friendship circle, all the members of the Circle of Friends ministry, all the confirmation volunteers, all our special needs kids and their families, all our volunteers, and each and every one of you who trusted us enough to bring your cars to be washed. You are what makes this community special. I am so proud of you!

We hope to see you all next year, and again thank you, thank you, thank you.

 -- Regina Dell'Oro