Canonical Statutes of the Community



The Emmanuel Community is an association of the faithful of all states of life. It takes its name from the Gospel of St Matthew:

Look! The virgin is with child and will give birth to a son whom they will call Emmanuel, a name which means “God-is-with-us”.’ (Mt 1:23)

Emmanuel is seen as ‘God is with us’ in daily life. It is to recognize Jesus as the centre of our lives in order to be ‘in the world without being of the world.

The members of Emmanuel seek holiness in their ordinary lives. For some this is in family and professional life. For others it is in consecrated celibacy. For others still, it is a life dedicated to apostolic works.

The profound gift of the Community derives from Eucharistic Adoration of God, Emmanuel, who is truly present among us. From this Adoration comes compassion for all men who are starving, physically and spiritually. And from this compassion also is born the thirst to evangelise the whole world, especially those people who are the most poor.

The abandonment to the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, the intercession of Our Lady the Mother of God, the Sacraments of the liturgy, are the foundations of the life and missionary dynamism of the Community in the life of the Church.


The first canonical recognition of the Emmanuel Community by the Holy See was in 1992. In 2009, the Community was established as an International Public Association of the Faithful of Pontifical Right.


  • Preamble
    • The Emmanuel Community
    • The Fraternity of Jesus
  • Organisation of the Emmanuel Community
    • Nature and object
    • Members, probation, commitment
    • Life, rights and obligations of members
    • Arrangements for clerics
    • Particular arrangements for celibacy for the Kingdom
    • Government
    • Arrangements concerning the Fraternity of Jesus
  • Leaving the Community and the Fraternity
  • Ecclesiastical Assistant
  • Patrimony and business management of the Community and the Fraternity
  • Modification of the Statutes


To read further:

- Canonical Statutes (download)

- Decrees relating to the Statutes (download):


  • The decree of 8th December 1992 recognized the Emmanuel Community as an International Private Association of the Faithful of Pontifical Right and approved ad experimentum the Statutes for a period of five years.
  • By the decree of 8th December 1998, the Pontifical Council for the Laity gave final approval to the Emmanuel Community as an International Private Association of the Faithful of Pontifical Right.
  • The decree of 20th June 2009, declared the Emmanuel Community a Public International Association of the Faithful with a legal personality.

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