Emmanuel-WITNESS: True stories, in our own words


 ‘We are involved in a fantastic story.  It is not our doing at all.

That’s right; we can be really sure of that!’

Thus spoke Pierre Goursat on 30th December 1977. Members of Emmanuel have been telling their amazing stories about all God has done in their lives ever since…. We share some of our stories here

In September 1990, CYPRIEN and DAPHROSE Rugamba started the Emmanuel Community in Kigali, Rwanda. On the 7th April 1994, the first day of the genocide in Rwanda, they were assassinated with 6 of their 10 children. The couple’s reputation for holiness throughout the country impelled the Emmanuel Community to request the opening of their cause for canonization on 18th September 2015.  Click HERE to learn more about this married couples life.

Watch a video (in french with english subtitles) by clicking HERE


Have a listen to GERARD Hanley telling his story to John Keily, on the programme Sacred Space that broadcasts every week on West Limerick 1o4 Radio. Gerard is from Limerick and is pictured here with his wife Barbara.  To hear his story, click on the link and and start the play button  link to Sacred Space Blogspot

IMG_1095PAUL Glennon is a native of Kiltevna, Co Galway in the parish of Dunmore, and is a member of the Emmanuel Community.

Listen to the fantastic story of his journey of discovery of a whole new way of living.  Paul is interviewed here in 2014 by John Keily of  Sacred Space on WestLimerick 104 radio just after his ordination as Deacon.  Fr Paul  is a priest of Emmanuel ministering in the Archdiocese of Dublin.

Click HERE to listen to his story.

Watch the story of his journey  from being an engineer to the Priesthood https://youtu.be/Fx2KVIUIFAE


Edmund & Fiona CollinsEDMUND & FIONA Collins are married.  They are from Belfast and are members of the Emmanuel Community. From different backgrounds and life experiences, they tell of their journeys in life and faith on Sacred Space West Limerick 102fm Radio.  

To listen to their interview, click HERE

Heart of Love front cover Edmund has written a book entitled ‘Heart of Love’ which details the amazing series of events that was to change their lives.

It is available from Veritas, DRC Bookshop 193/195 Donegall Street Belfast and Abbey Bookshop, O’Connell Street Limerick.


GERALDINE Creaton is from Limerick.

In a interview that was broadcasted by Sacred Space West Limerick 102fm Radio on 25th March 2012, Geraldine talks about the story of Emmanuel, and shares some of her story about how her life is transformed by encountering God in the people she meets.

Listen to the interview HERE