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’(1). This communion of charisms lived by priests and lay-people together is seen as illustrating the teachings of Vatican II.
The Community now has 240 priests, more than 90 seminarians, and about twenty young men doing their year of discernment (the St Joseph Year). Community life and formation are an integral part of the path and discernment of the seminarians.
The majority of Emmanuel priests exercise their ministry in parishes (85 parishes currently have an Emmanuel priest as parish priest). The other priests have diverse ministries – e.g. to young people (in chaplaincies, student hostels, schools of evangelisation etc.), in hospital chaplaincies or in helping with the formation of future priests.
Some priests are sent on mission to other countries and continents. In all these places, they develop a fraternity of life and mission. They live together and share their daily life of prayer and pastoral activity. They also participate in the fraternal and missionary life of the local Emmanuel communities.
For suggestions regarding retreats and the discernment course go to www.pretres.com (french)
Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, juillet 2010, Paray-le-Monial
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