From the beginning, certain young men in the Community have received the call to the priesthood.

Pierre Goursat realised what a benefit it would be to the Church to have priests who shared with their lay brothers and sisters the same life of prayer, the same desire for sanctity and the same fire to proclaim the Gospel. Emmanuel priests, incardinated in dioceses for the universal mission of the Church, are called to fully live their Community commitment: ‘The different states of life are linked together without losing the responsibilities associated with each state, but living in a fraternal relationship based on membership in the Community’. This communion of charisms lived by priests and lay-people together is seen as illustrating the teachings of Vatican II.

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Archdiocese of Sydney

Born and raised in Sydney, Fr Josh met the Emmanuel Community while at university at a Youth Forum in Bandung, Indonesia in 2003. Completing the Emmanuel School of Mission in 2005, he entered the seminary for the Archdiocese of Sydney in 2006 and completed his studies in Philosophy in Brussels.  Following 2 years as a volunteer with the NGO FIDESCO in Taiwan, Fr Josh returned to Sydney to complete his Theology at the Seminary of the Good Shepherd in Homebush, being ordained a priest  in St Mary’s Cathedral on October 31, 2015 (Halloween).  Having been assigned to parishes in Sydney over the past few years and serving as the Community Priest, he also contributed as a columnist in Sydney’s Catholic Weekly. When Covid and its lockdowns came, Mass was cancelled for a while but he wanted God’s word to be heard and with the help of  a friend, he is now delivering daily bite sized homilies in his podcast The Furnace.

In the beginning of 2021 he entered a new chapter in his priestly life when the Archbishop decided to send him Paris for 2 years of full-time study for a Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Faculté Notre-Dame within the Collège des Bernardins.  As Australia’s only Community priest, he is relishing spending time in the heart of the Community and to learn from and to serve with fellow Community Priests while assigned as Assistant at St Nicholas des Champs. It will be a good opportunity to observe and learn how a parish is run in the charism of the Community.


Featuring Fr Josh
Ordination Photos –  International Emmanuel Community Flickr
Ordination homily – Sydney Catholic Archdiocese
Catholic Weekly columns – The Furnace podcast, also available to download free on your podcast app.