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Pierre Goursat (1914-1991) was a humble lay person who was both contemplative and a man of action. Since his conversion at age 19, he had been burning with love for Christ, compassion for the poor, and zeal for evangelization. He was 58 years old when he made the 1972 experience of “the outpouring of the Spirit” and founded the Emmanuel Community. Led by a great charity, it gives rise to many apostolic initiatives. In the spirit of Vatican II, he helped form a new generation of lay people, and priests in the service of the Church. He was a pioneer of the “new evangelization”.

He retired from the council of the Emmanuel Community in 1985, and from then until his death, the rest of his days were spent before the Blessed Sacrament. He died on March 25, 1991.

Cardinal Lustiger presided over Pierre’s funeral and paid tribute to the man in whom he admired “the way in which the Lord opened the path for him, and how he had answered it”. Since then, Pierre Goursat continues to help people, far beyond the Emmanuel, to turn to God and live as apostles of Christ in the world.
With the agreement of Cardinal André XXIII, Archbishop of Paris, the cause of canonization of Pierre Goursat is officially introduced in January 2010. This step was taken on Saturday, December 19, 2015: the diocesan phase was officially closed at a ceremony open to all in the church of the Holy Trinity in Paris.

Watch the film
Pierre Goursat and the Emmanuel Community


(52 minutes – subtitled in 14 languages)

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[Vidéo] “Nothing is impossible with God”
Testimony of Guillaume et Astrid

How has Pierre Goursat interceded for you?

Send us your testimonials to the following address:
Postulation de Pierre Goursat, Maison de Chézelles
6 place de la Mairie, 37220 Chézelles 

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Lord Jesus, we pray for the beatification of Pierre Goursat.

Inspired by a fervent desire for the salvation of souls
and a great love for the Church,
he worked with faith and hope for the Church’s spiritual and apostolic renewal.
Lord, through his intercession,
grant us the grace of trusting you fully,
serving you generously and doing your will.
Give us a heart which is open
to adoration and overflowing
with compassion for all people.
Set us ablaze with fire and love for the evangelisation of the world.

We pray in a particular way, we entrust to you

Lord Jesus,
to those who are far from you
or who do not yet know you,
we ask you to reveal the infinite love
of your meek and gentle Heart.


To pray to with the intercession of the servant of God, Pierre Goursat,
You can download the prayer for the beatification of Pierre Goursat (pdf):


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Books and Publications

Words of Pierre Goursat, by Martine Catta, of (Editions de l’Emmanuel) (Amazon) (Emmanuel Book Store) 
Fire & Hope, by Hervé-Marie Catta and Bernard Peyrous (Editions de l’Emmanuel) (Amazon) (Emmanuel Book Store)