Who we are

A Roman Catholic International Public Association of the Faithful of Pontifical Right

The Emmanuel Community is a Catholic Lay International Community that brings together faithful that share a common call to strive for holiness and commit themselves to actively live their faith in their daily lives through adoration, compassion and evangelization; thus, fulfilling their call as the first believers did who had “only one heart and one soul!” (Acts 4:32).

The Emmanuel Community was born out of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in 1972. It started with a prayer meeting in Paris with Pierre Goursat and Martine Laffitte-Catta and grew quickly in France and around the world. In 1992, the Holy See recognised that the Emmanuel Community acts for the common good of the whole Catholic Church. As a Public Association of the Faithful, it brings together priests, consecrated men and women, families and single people who testify to the ecclesiology of communion encouraged by the Second Vatican Council. In 2017, this call to live the complementarity of the states of life for the new evangelisation led the Congregation for the Clergy to erect the Clerical Association of the Emmanuel Community (gathering priests and deacons). It is indissolubly linked to the Association of Faithful.

Every year the apostolic activities of the Emmanuel Community reach several hundreds of thousands of people. Today, the Community has 11 500 members in more than 60 countries on 5 continents. Of these members, 275 are priests, 100 seminarians, and 225 are consecrated men and women committed in celibacy. Ten bishops have been appointed from priests of the Emmanuel Community.

The Emmanuel community is for men and women of all walks of life: from ordinary, professional and social backgrounds, of different classes, ages, and nationalities. We are a community made up of different vocations: lay people (married couples, single men and women, youth), priests and laymen and women consecrated in celibacy. In sharing this common call of “one heart and soul”, the members, no matter their vocation, form a strong bond and unity that is lived and witnessed to others in the joy and compassion of living a life centered on Jesus Christ in everything they do.

This unity is expressed in a particular fraternal life through weekly gatherings known as households as well as monthly meetings and national meetings. These allow brothers and sisters to come together to share how the Lord is working in their lives; how they are striving to evangelize in their every day and bringing their important petitions so that they may carry one another in prayer. It also gives them an opportunity to go deeper in faith formation through different teachings and formation programs. These meetings and the larger gatherings help to reinvigorate their call to serve the Lord, the Church and one another, particularly through evangelization. Unity is also manifested in various other services such as compassion to the poor and sick as well as a variety of apostolic efforts rooted in the mission of the new evangelization.


The mission of the Emmanuel Community is to offer a path to its members to answer God’s call to holiness and proclaim Christ in today’s world. It is particularly through Eucharistic adoration, compassion, and evangelisation that its members are called to manifest God’s presence with us (“Emmanuel”). The Emmanuel Community proposes concrete ways to its members to grow spiritually, notably through the attendance of daily mass, the invitation to take long times of silent adoration each day, the call to live a joyful and simple life with a constant heart of praise, and various communal activities, including praying together and sharing on a weekly basis on the Word of God and evangelisation efforts.

The three main pillars of the Emmanuel Community are Adoration, Compassion and Evangelization.
Through  Eucharistic Adoration, there's a common search to imitate the compassionate heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Hence the Lord’s compassion gives the desire share this gift to those around them and all those they meet in their everyday lives.


Our calling

Encounter with the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit guides members of the Emmanuel Community to personally encounter Christ, which creates in them a desire to walk with Him in holiness. This encounter, known as “the outpouring of the Holy Spirit” in the charismatic renewal movement, calls people of all vocations (single, married, consecrated, and religious) to move forward together in a life of holiness.

Fraternal Communion

The presence of all vocations is a primary component of the Emmanuel Community’s calling. It is essential for both evangelization and sanctification. It is a gift from God to be able to respond together and in the Church to his call, to listen to the Holy Spirit, to adoration, fraternal love and praise.

Sent to the heart of the world

Following Emmanuel “God with us”, the members of the Community live where God has placed them, in their family, professional and social setting. They engage fully in society, serving it with their talents and abilities. Placed in the heart of the world, they wish to live there as authentic witnesses of Christ. They seek to be in the world, without being “of the world” (Jn 17:14).

Adoration, Compassion, Evangelization

 “The deep grace of the Community comes from the Eucharistic Adoration of the God really present in our midst: Emmanuel. From this adoration comes compassion for all men who are dying of hunger, materially and spiritually. From this compassion is born the desire to evangelize all over the world and especially to the poorest “. The members of the Community are called to be witnesses of the Mercy that springs from the pierced Heart of Christ, according to the message of Paray le Monial: “This is the Heart that loved men so much”.

Our commitments

Life in union with God

The first desire for every member of the Emmanuel Community is to be united with God. This desire includes wanting to turn to God, to listen to Him, to love Him and let themselves be loved by Him. Prayer is essential for truly living out this desire. Members for the Emmanuel Community want to live in a state of praise with the Eucharist as the center of their lives.



Each member of the Community receives regular personal mentorship from another member of the Community. This fraternal and spiritual companionship helps everyone live in harmony with their commitment to the Emmanuel Community, their vocation, and their personal lives.

Regular meetings

Each member of the Community participates in a household. A household is a small group that meets regularly, usually every week, to listen to the Holy Spirit through praise, sharing the word of God, and intercession. Every month, multiple households in the same region meet for community gathering.

Mission & service

Each Emmanuel Community member commits to a missionary life by making himself available for the Community’s services. The Emmanuel Community’s missions vary according to the members’ unique gifts given by the Holy Spirit, called a charism, the needs of the World, and those of the local Church.

Our missions

Emmanuel – God with us :

Our missions in various different fields respond to the needs and calls of these modern times.

Here are some of these main missions   ->


Pope Francis (April 7, 2018)



about us






Pierre and the Emmanuel (long version-53 min) (French- English subtitles)


Words of Pierre Goursat, by Martine Catta (Editions de l’Emmanuel)
Fire and Hope, by Marie Catta and Bernard Peyrous (Editions de l’Emmanuel)


Statues of the Association of the Faithful and of the Clerical Association 
Statues for the Clerical Association of the Emmanuel Community 
Press Kit for Clerical Association of the Emmanuel Community