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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 recognizes 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 baptized.

The Emmanuel Community gathers more than 8,000 members around the world and is present in 57 countries. It brings together families, single people, priests (233), seminarians (100), and consecrated lay people living in celibacy for the kingdom (25 brothers and 170 sisters). Four 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 evangelization 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 leave 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. 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 numerous pilgrimage sanctuaries. 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 Rome.

The Emmanuel Community has been present in the United States since 1992, particularly through a vibrant prayer group in New York City that remained in existence for twelve years (first at Old Saint Patrick's Cathedral Church, then at New York University Holy Trinity Chapel). It has also organized numerous evangelization events throughout the United States.

Go to the homepage for links to international websites of the Emmanuel Community.

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