The Emmanuel Community is an international Catholic community recognized by the Holy See as an “International Public Association of the Faithful”.
The Community was founded in France by Pierre Goursat and Martine Laffitte, who, in 1972 lived the experience of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. They then started a Charismatic Renewal prayer group, which evolved into the Community.
The Emmanuel Community is present in five continents and in 59 countries including the Philippines. It gathers more than 10,000 members from all walks of life: families, single people, priests (250), seminarians, and consecrated lay people living in celibacy for the Kingdom (200). Several bishops have already been appointed from priests of the Emmanuel Community. As a sign of trust and proven track record in the field of evangelization, numerous bishops around the world have given to the Emmanuel Community the responsibility of more than 60 major diocesan parishes as well as several pilgrimage sanctuaries.
Three pillars of life: Adoration, Compassion, Evangelization
The Virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and they will call him Emmanuel, a name which means “God with us”. Mt 1, 23
The mission of the Emmanuel Community is to offer its members a path to answer God’s call to holiness and proclaim Christ in today’s world. Its members are called to manifest God’s presence with us (“Emmanuel”), particularly through Eucharistic adoration, compassion, and evangelization.They want to live at the heart of the world without being of the world and rely on one another to support themselves in their path to holiness. The Emmanuel Community proposes concrete ways to its members to grow spiritually, notably through the attendance of daily mass, the invitation to take long times of silent adoration each day, the call to live a joyful and simple life with a constant heart of praise, and various communal activities, including praying together and sharing on a weekly basis on the Word of God and evangelization efforts.
The Emmanuel Community carries out significant evangelization events around the world, such as its famous five-day summer retreat sessions in Paray-le-Monial (France) which gather over 30,000 people every year. The Emmanuel Community is regularly entrusted major responsibilities in the organization of the World Youth Days. Since 1984, the Emmanuel Community has been charged by the Pontifical Council for the Laity to coordinate the Pope’s International San Lorenzo Center for Young People just off Saint Peter’s Square. The Emmanuel Community also runs several evangelization schools around the world, such as the Emmanuel School of Mission in Manila (Philippines).
The Emmanuel Community in the Philippines
The Emmanuel Community has been present in the Philippines first through its “FIDESCO” NGO, then since 2009 through the Emmanuel School of Mission in Manila (the first ESM to open in Asia) a formation program for the young adults, and also through a yearly Easter Triduum Retreat. It regularly contributes to the organization of evangelization missions throughout the country. Its members animate a 9:30AM Mass every 1st Sunday at Santo Niño de Violago Chapel, in New Manila, Quezon City.
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