Who are we?

 – An International Catholic Lay Community on 5 Continents, in 60 countries and right here in Ireland

– Founded in France (1972) by Servant of God Pierre Goursat & Martine Lafitte-Catta after experiencing the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit

– 11,500 community members that includes 265 priests, 100 seminarians and 225 men & women consecrated in celibacy.

Together, we are called is to be missionary in the heart of the world, to reveal the presence of the God of Love, “Emmanuel”, “God-with-us”, to everyone we encounter.

Some significant dates  

1972 –  Foundation of the Emmanuel Community

1992 – Recognised as a Private Associate of the Faithful of Pontifical Right by the Holy See

2009 – Recognised  as a Public International Association of the Faithful  by the Holy See

2012 – A jubilee year, 50 years since foundation

2012 – Opening of the beatification process of Pierre Goursat, co-founder of the Community

2016 – Opening of the beatification process of  Daphrose & Cyrien Rugamba, married couple and   members of the Emmanuel Community, and the children who died with then in the Rwandan genoside

2017 – Creation of the Clerical Association of the Emmanuel Community indissolubly linked to the Public Association of the Faithful

The three pillars of the Emmanuel Community are Adoration, Compassion and Evangelisation.


Through commitment to Eucharistic Adoration ….our hearts are transformed …. leading us to share in the compassion of the Heart of Jesus for the world….. and commit ourselves to evangelisation as an expression of our Baptism.

The experience of the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit common to all members of the Community, strengthens in us in the grace of Baptism and Confirmation, convinced that He who is Emmanuel God-with-us, accompanies us, as we strive for holiness in everyday life.

Emmanuel in Ireland

People from different parts of Ireland, married & single, youth and priests make up the Emmanuel Community in Ireland.

Activities include mission and evangelisation with parishes and in cities.  

A special emphasis is placed on participation in World Youth Days and pilgrimages to Paray Le Monial, France, Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus