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’s Beverly Hills and The Shire, Fr Josh is now Assistant Priest at Our Lady of The Rosary in Fairfield.


Articles featuring Fr Josh
Ordination Photos –  International Emmanuel Community Flickr
Ordination homily – Sydney Catholic Archdiocese
The ‘WYD vocation’ of Fr Josh Miechels –  The Catholic Weekly