PIERRE GOURSAT (1914-1991)
Founder of the Emmanuel Community
Who is Pierre Goursat ?
Pierre Goursat (1914-1991) was a humble layman who was both a contemplative and a man of action. He converted at the age of 19, and he burned with love for Christ, compassion for the poor, and zeal for evangelization ever since.
Passionate about culture, he worked in the film industry. He was 58 years old when he experienced the “outpouring of the Spirit” in 1972 and founded the Emmanuel Community. Animated by great charity, he gave rise to numerous apostolic initiatives. In the impetus of Vatican II, he contributed to the formation of a new generation of lay people and priests serving the Church. He was a pioneer of the “new evangelization.”
He retired in 1985 from the government of the Community, spending the last years of his life in silence and adoration. He died on 25 March 1991.
Cardinal Lustiger presided at his funeral and paid tribute to the man in whom he had admired “how the Lord had opened the way for him, and how he had known how to respond to it.” Since then, Pierre Goursat has continued to help people beyond Emmanuel to turn towards God and live as apostles of Christ in the world.
With the agreement of Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris, the cause for the canonisation of Pierre Goursat was officially introduced in January 2010. An important step was taken on Saturday 19 December 2015: the diocesan phase was officially closed during a ceremony open to all in the Church of the Holy Trinity in Paris.
AND THE EMMANUEL
Perhaps it will be declared
one day ?
A cause for canonisation has been opened and is currently being studied in Rome.
“THE MAIN THING IS NOT TO CHOOSE OUR PATH,
BUT TO TAKE THE ROAD THAT THE LORD SHOWS US,
FOR HE IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE.“
Testimony of Guillaume and Astrid
Pierre Goursat (1914-1991) was a humble layman who was both a When I shared this news with the Emmanuel Community, (…) the couple in charge told me to entrust myself to Pierre Goursat, whose centenary of birth was being celebrated on the same day!
«We already had two boys when I learned that we were expecting a happy event. On Saturday, 12 July 2014, at the 34th-week check-up, the gynecologist talked a lot about the ultrasound, which seemed to show femurs that had stopped growing since the 30th week. On Thursday, 17 July at 8 am, the doctor received us and explained that, given the results of the two ultrasounds, there was a strong probability that the child was carrying a genetic problem. [The due date was] 15 August. When I shared this news with the Emmanuel Community, which had supported us throughout the pregnancy, especially during the last trimester, the couple in charge told me to entrust me to Pierre Goursat, the founder of the Community. His birth centenary would be celebrated on the same day! My husband and I immediately decided that Augustin would be named after Pierre, and we too entrusted our child and the delivery to Pierre Goursat. The cesarean section went well. Following the usual birth tests, the pediatrician turned to my husband and said: “Everything seems to be working. I don’t need to do any more tests at this stage. Today, Augustin, James, Peter, is 15 months old and has just taken his first steps.»
And you ?
Prayer for the beatification
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
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.
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Livres et revues
Pierre Goursat, words, by Martine Catta, Editions de l’Emmanuel
Prier 15 jours avec Pierre Goursat, du Père Francis Kohn, postulateur (Editions Nouvelle cité)
Fire and Hope, d’Hervé-Marie Catta and Bernard Peyrous, Editions de l’Emmanuel
Pierre Goursat, tout simplement, le mook d’Il est vivant! (2014)
Je ne commencerai pas sans toi. Un portrait de Pierre Goursat, de Pierre-Marie Chaboche, aux éditions Salvator (2018)
Pierre Goursat, Le feu de l’Esprit Saint, du Père Francis Kohn, aux Éditions Le Livre ouvert (2019)
Paroles de Pierre Goursat classées par thèmes (PDF)