WHO we are

*On 5 Continents, 57 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

*11,000 members (2016): married & single lay people, 220 diocesan priests, 90 seminarians, 200 consecrated men & women and 1,200 missionary volunteers

The Emmanuel Community welcomes 30,000 pilgrims to the Shrine of the Sacred Heart at Paray-Le-Monial, France. The Heart of Jesus is the heart of Emmanuel.

Look, the virgin is with child and will give birth to a son whom they will call Emmanuel, a name which means God-with-us.(Matthew 1: 23)

The vocation of  the Emmanuel Community 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.

Conversations in the street

Conversations in the street

Daily life of community members is centred on Adoration, Compassion and Evangelisation.

Eucharistic Adoration transforms our hearts, leading us to share in the compassion of the Heart of Jesus for the world, and therefore 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

The Irish Emmanuel Community is spread throughout Ireland. It is made up of people of different backgrounds, occupations and ages, married and single, along with two Irish Emmanuel  Priests.

The Emmanuel Community was first recognised by the Holy See as a Private Associate of the Faithful of Pontifical Right in 1992.   On the 20th July 2009, the Emmanuel Community was recognised by the Holy See as a Public International Association of the Faithful. In 2012, the community celebrated a jubilee year that began with the opening of the process of beatification of Pierre Goursat.

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,  the Shrine of the Sacred Heart

Pierre Goursat & Martine Lafitte Catta and her husband Herve Marie

Pierre Goursat & Martine Lafitte Catta and her husband Herve Marie

  • Find out more about the Emmanuel Community, its birth and development, the common call of community members, and its mission and place within the Catholic Church on the International website of the Emmanuel Community

  • To get more information on the Emmanuel Community in Ireland or find out about activities in your area, please email info@emmanuelcommunity.ie  

    Pierre in Dublin 1978

    Pierre Goursat in RDS Dublin 1978

    Martine & Pierre