Fr Phillipe Christory appointed Bishop of Chatres in France

Fr Philippe Christory-news
Dear brothers and sisters,On this day of the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus, it is with great joy that we share: the Holy Father, Pope Francis, appointed our brother Fr Philippe Christory, Bishop of Chartres, France. He entered the Emmanuel Community in 1984, and made his commitment in 1991, Philippe was ordained priest on June 27, 1992 for the diocese of Paris.
His was mainly in Paris for his ministry, first, as a curate in the La Sainte Trinité  Parish, then as a Parish priest in Saint Nicolas-des-Champs then of Saint-Laurent.  He was also a Spiritual Director of the Seminary and was in-charge of the Maison Saint Martin, the seminarian house, in Paris, France.  He was also a Parish priest of Sainte-Maxime et Cogolin in the Diocese of Toulon, France.  At the present moment, he is the Parish priest of La Sainte Trinité, in Paris, France.
From 2002-2011, Philippe was also a member of the International Council of the Community.
His Episcopal Ordination will take place on Sunday April 15, in the Cathedral of Chartres, France.May Our Lady of Chartres be with him in his new ministry in the service of the Church.

United in prayer,

Laurent Landete,
General moderator of the Emmanuel Community

Henri-Marie Mottin,
In-charge for the ordained ministers of the Community

Impressions of Sydney’s Festival for the Family

Festival for Family

On Sunday 8 October the Emmanuel Community in Sydney participated in the Festival for the Family at the Fairfield Showgrounds. This festival was organized by the Eastern Churches of Australia and backed by the Coalition for Marriage. The context of the festival was the debate regarding same-sex marriage. The festival included food and many fun activities, but the focus was on a number of short presentations upholding the importance of marriage and the family. Among the speakers was Bishop Robert Rabbat from the Melkite Catholic church who stressed that the foundation of our society is faith and the family. Other speakers included: spokeswoman for Marriage Alliance, Sophie York, who gave an update on the campaign; Federal Member for Deakin and proud member of the Maronite Catholic Church, Michael Sukkar; and Dr Pansy Lai from Australian Chinese for Family. Around 10,000 people attended the festival and it was a great joy to be amongst our Eastern brothers and sisters in Christ and witness to the importance of marriage and the family. One of our sisters in the Community was especially touched stating, “I didn’t know what to expect at the festival for the family. When we arrived at the park I saw people purposely walking towards a marquee where more people were gathered. I felt very encouraged seeing and hearing priests from the eastern catholic churches there. At one point they gathered on the stage and prayed in their language. They sang a familiar song to Mary and I followed suit in English. I felt a sense of unity with the crowd because we shared a love for the Virgin Mary! Being there also was a small way of publicly defending my faith.

– Paul

Emmanuel Youth formation and evangelisation initiative featured in Catholic Weekly

The Community started a new mission called “Fire and Hope” in late April for young adults between ages 18-25 years. It’s aim is to provide formation for young people to be missionaries in the world. Every month there is a youth mass followed by a time of praise and a teaching on some aspect of mission, then there will be a chance to put that into practise by  linking onto the Community Street Evangelisation missions the week after. Previous topics have included “Love begins at Home”, “Set out into the Deep” and “The Thirst for Souls.

The following article featured in Sydney’s Catholic Weekly in May

Emmanuel Community begins new ‘Fire and Hope’ youth evangelisation initiative

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP with youth of the Emmnanuel Community and Sydney priest Fr Josh Miechels, who first discerned his calling to the priesthood through the Community. PHOTO: Supplied

‘Fire and Hope’ is an exciting new initiative seeking to form young Catholics as missionary disciples and evangelisers in today’s world.

Run by the Emmanuel Community, ‘Fire and Hope’ is a mission for young adults aged 18 to 25, consisting of monthly Masses, Eucharistic adoration, praise, talks and social time.

Held on the third Sunday of each month at St Anne’s Church in Strathfield South, each gathering will begin with a youth Mass at 4pm, followed by praise and a teaching and then sharing groups, and finishing up around 6.15pm with dinner.

There will also be an opportunity for Eucharistic adoration prior to Mass.

The Emmanuel Community is an international public association of the faithful, which is recognised by the Catholic Church and is therefore able to act in the name of the Church.

The essence of the Emmanuel Community is that it is a path to holiness in today’s world. Members include lay people – married or single – and priests as well as consecrated men and women living celibate lives and sharing the common call to strive for holiness through Eucharistic adoration and daily Mass.

Members seek to grow in compassion towards those who don’t know Jesus and in the desire to evangelise.

They are called to live in the world as people of joy and simplicity, without being of the world.

The vision for the ‘Fire and Hope’ mission is that through prayer, praise and mission, young people will be formed as forces of evangelisation in the modern world. All interested young adults are invited to attend.

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