The Community

La Comunità dell'Emmanuele a Trinità dei Monti

By an agreement dated 25 July 2016 between the French state and the Holy See, the domain of Trinità dei Monti, previously under the responsibility of the Monastic Fraternities of Jerusalem, was entrusted to the Emmanuel Community.
A team of members of the Community is now in charge of the animation of this site, which bears a rich cultural, spiritual and missionary heritage.
The team of mission

The Emmanuel community is made up of different states of life – lay people (married couples, single men and women, young people), priests and lay people consecrated to celibacy – all represented at Trinità dei Monti :

Youth fraternity

The Emmanuel Community offers a year of mission and formation for young adults (19 to 30 years old) who wish to become missionary disciples in their daily lives.

Fraternity of Priests

The Fraternity of Priests is made up of the Rector, Paul de la Morinière, and three student priests, sent by their bishop to the various pontifical universities in Rome.

Fraternities of consecrated persons

Among the members present are also brothers and sisters consecrated in celibacy who, in addition to their professional activity, actively participate in the mission. 


To date, four couples have responded to the missionary call and have joined the Trinità dei Monti to manage and animate it.

"The essential thing is not to choose our way, but to take the road that the Lord indicates to us, since he is the Way, the Truth and the Life".

Pierre Goursat, founder of the Emmanuel Community

The Emmanuel Community

The Emmanuel Community is a Catholic Lay International Community founded by Pierre Goursat that brings together men and women of all walks of life that share a common call to strive for holiness and commit themselves to actively live their faith in their daily lives through adoration, compassion and evangelization. 


The fact of being in front of Christ really present lovingly in the Blessed Sacrament focuses our prayer. We know that he is there. We are called to recognize this presence, and to turn towards him: “Lord, you are there. Here I am at your feet. I believe you are truly present in the Eucharist.”


The fruit of adoration is charity. We see that we are growing in these two loves: love for God, with the desire to render love for love; and love for our brothers and sisters, especially for those who suffer or who do not know God, or who reject him. True adoration changes our life, it moves us to act.


If I truly love my brother and sister, then I want to give them what is best. For us, the best thing we have been given is the Love of God. It is through Love that we go and evangelize.
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Founder of
the Emmanuel Community

Pierre Goursat (1914-1991) was a humble lay person who was both contemplative and a man of action.  Since his conversion at age 19, he had been burning with love for Christ, compassion for the poor, and zeal for evangelization. He was 58 years old when he made the 1972 experience of “the outpouring of the Spirit” and founded the Emmanuel Community.