Decree from the Pontifical Council for the Laity
The Emmanuel Community was founded in 1976 from a catholic prayer group founded in 1972 in Paris by
Pierre Goursat and Martine Laffitte-Catta.
Members of the Community desire to live in a spirit of adoration, compassion and evangelization
the reality of the Emmanuel, “God is with us in daily life”.
The celebration and adoration of the Eucharist as well as contemplation while in the heart of the world open to compassion with Jesus to love and serve the poor, evangelize and carry Christ’s light in cultures and societies. Love towards Mary, Mother of the Emmanuel, who was the first to carry Him into the world, ensures fidelity to the grace of the first call.
In this Advent season before the year 2000 the Holy Father’s call to the new evangelization confirms the vocation of the Emmanuel Community to participate in the fulfillment of the mission of the Church in today’s world.
The shining light from the Community in many dioceses and countries of diverse continents, under the patronage of Bishops, allows to recognize its contribution to enrich the life of the Church, becoming more and more a sign that God is with us.
This is why the Pontifical Council for the Laity welcomes the recognition request presented on February 4th, 1992 by the moderator of the Community.
After studying the statutes presented for acceptance and receiving the agreement of Its Holiness Pope
John Paul II on November 20th 1992, the Pontifical Council for the Laity recognizes the Emmanuel Community as
a private*) universal association of the faithful of Pontifical right with jurisdiction under the canons 298-311 and 321-329
and approves its statutes as experimentum for a period of 5 years.
May this recognition from the Apostolic See confirm the Community on its path of love for the Church,
of fidelity to the magisterium and availability for service to contribute to the ever growing enrooting of the Catholic
Charismatic Renewal in the ecclesial community. May Mary, Mother and Queen of the Church, continue to guide towards
holiness all those who are and will be called to follow the Emmanuel.
Given by the Vatican
December 8th, 1992
Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
In 1998 the Emmanuel Community statutes were officially approved by the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
*)Now erected as a "International Public Association of the Faithful", by a decision of
the Pontifical Council of the Laity, on 20 June 2009.