The Emmanuel Community is an “International Public Association of the Faithful” of pontifical right under Canon Law. Its Statutes were officially approved by the Pontifical Council for the Laity on December 8, 1992. By granting it “public” status, the Holy See recognises that the Emmanuel Community acts in the name of the Catholic Church, that is not only for the particular good of its own members but for the common good of the whole Church, participating in this way in the renewal of missionary conscience among all the baptised.
The Community was founded by Pierre Goursat and Martine Laffitte. In 1972 after experiencing an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, they formed a prayer group as part of the Charismatic Renewal. This gave birth to the Emmanuel Community which now has 9000 members in 59 countries on 5 continents. Of these members 240 are priests and 200 are men and women committed in celibacy. Six bishops have already been appointed from priests of the Emmanuel Community.
The mission of the Emmanuel Community is to offer a path to its members to answer God’s call to holiness and proclaim Christ in today’s world. It is particularly through Eucharistic adoration, compassion, and evangelisation that its members are called to manifest God’s presence with us (“Emmanuel”). 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 evangelisation efforts.
In Australia the Community exists in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane.