Founder of the Emmanuel Community
Who is Pierre Goursat?
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.
Testimonies of graces received through the intercession of Pierre Goursat
Together we have two boys and when we found out we were expecting a third child, the news gave us so much joy. On July 12, 2014, during the 34th week of my pregnancy, our gynecologist told us that the ultrasound showed that the baby had ceased growth since the 30th week.
On July 17th at 8am, the doctor called and came with the results of two ultrasounds that indicated the possibility that our child could have a genetic disease. The due date was August 15th. After sharing this with some members of the Emmanuel Community, a married couple advised us to pray to Pierre Goursat. It just so happened that Pierre Goursat would have celebrated his 100th birthday that day.
My husband and I decided that our child, Augustin, would also bear the name “Pierre” and from there, we entrusted the child delivery to Pierre Goursat. Augustin was born via C-section that went well. After all the standard tests, the pediatrician turned to my husband and said “everything seems to be ok, no further exams are needed”.
Today (February 2016), Augustin Jacques Pierre is 15months old and he just made his first steps.
One night I dreamt that my son, Thomas,came to me with Pierre Goursat. In this dream, Thomas said to me, “Mom, my brother, Pierre, is not well.” As I was on the second floor and my children were on the floor below, I had to put my ear on the floor. Wondering why this was happening and why Pierre Goursat was in my dream, I realized that he was trying to wake me up.
When I woke up, I went to check on my son, Pierre, and found him having a violent asthma attack. He was choking so badly, he couldn’t call for help. Since I am an Emergency care Doctor, I administered Ventolin and medicines which stopped the asthma attack. After a few moments, he said: “Mom it’s ok, I can breathe!” The next day I realized that if Pierre had not been there, I would not have woken up in the middle of the night to save my son’s life.
Our daughter, Valérie, is in touched with the Emmanuel Community since she was 10 years old until she turned 20. Her life was shaped by Pierre Goursat through regular meetings and she admired him a lot.
On December 1994, she phoned me saying “Mom, dad and you need to pray for me and my husband. We’ve been married for 3 years and we’ve been wanting to have children, but for now, nothing is happening.” We went fro a retreat in Paray le Monial (France) around Christmas time and before we left Paray, we went to the tomb of Pierre and asked him to intercede for them to have a child before the end of the year. Valérie said this prayer to the Lord: “Lord I offered to you the suffering I have endured for the last three years for all the mothers who have resorted to abortion, but now, I would like to be rewarded for this offering.”
On January 17, 1995, the following year, Pierre was born.
In May 2015, with my household, we decided to buy a property to build a multipurpose house and especially to welcome the poor. Fundraising began in August. On September 8 we paid 30 000€ for the sales agreement, but we needed to pay 300 000€more by December 8, 2015. In early November 2015, the main donor backed out of his investment. We were wondering how will it be possibile to find 200 000€ in three weeks? On November 12, I cried out to God, “Lord give me a sign!” On the same day, I received a mail an invitation for the Opening ceremony of the Causes of Beatification of Pierre Goursat. I immediately called someone to ask prayer cards of Pierre with the prayer for his beatification. On November 18, I received these prayer cards and handed them out to my household to begin a Novena. At the end of the Novena a woman wanted to talk to me after the Mass. She handed me out an envelop with a cheque of 150 000€ .
Gaëlle, 35, gave birth to a still born baby.
Knowing these events, I turned to Pierre Goursat and did a novena to ask for his intercession. During my visits to Paray le Monial, I prayed by his tomb an repeated this prayer during the Mothers’ prayer group in my village.
I was filled with joy to hear that on July 7th, 2015, Gaëlle gave birth to a son named Pierre.
I heard about a job offer as an educator for an association that runs foster homes for girls in difficulty. Since this job brings together everything I always wanted, I sent my resume and a cover letter.
In my prayers, I am used to entrust important things to Pierre because he had a charism of discernment. So I went to the tomb of Pierre and entrusted this intention.
After that, when my phone rang, it was the president of this association calling for an interview appointment.
Prayer for Beatification
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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
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.