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Who we are

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 evangelization 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 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 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 evangelization 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 evangelization efforts.

The three main pillars of the Emmanuel Community are Adoration, Compassion and Evangelization.
Through  Eucharistic Adoration, there's a common strive 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.

ADORATION
EVANGELIZATION

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.

 

Companionship

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   ->

THE CHARISM OF THE EMMANUEL COMMUNITY IS EMBODIED IN IT’S NAME EMMANUEL– GOD WITH US

Pope Francis (April 7, 2018)

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Video

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

Books

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

Documents

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