About Emmanuel Community

We believe that God loved the world so much that he gave His only Son (John 3:16) who became one of us and lived among us (John 1:14). Jesus is the revelation of God's love for all people and the name given Him is "Emmanuel" which means "God with us" (Matthew 1:23).

Emmanuel is a Catholic mission community in the Archdiocese of Brisbane called to be a force for renewal in the Church and the transformation of the world.

When the Community was first formed in 1975, we called ourselves the Brisbane Covenant Community. Towards the end of 1976 after a lengthy time of prayer and discernment, we felt that God was giving us not only the name Emmanuel but calling us to live and proclaim this revelation to all those to whom the Lord would lead us.

Our story is about how God continues to act among a people he has called. We have profoundly experienced God forming us into a community that reveals Jesus Christ - a reality accomplished by the power of the Holy Spirit.

We are also encouraged by the Church, both local and universal which has acknowledged and supported our way of life. (Recognized canonically as a Private Association in the Archdiocese of Brisbane and as members of an International Private Association of Communities recognized by the Holy See)

As individuals, families and as a whole community we are called to exercise the charisms God has given us and advance the mission to which we've been called.

We do this in three practical ways:

  • We embrace "God with us" by nurturing an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and worshipping the Lord together as his people.
  • We live "God with us" by accepting the challenge to love one another and in the daily living out of our covenant community lifestyle.
  • We proclaim "God is with us" by reaching out in love and service to all, awakening and strengthening faith, hope and love in and for Jesus Christ.

We give thanks to God for the grace of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit which has brought us into a dynamic personal relationship with Jesus Christ and empowered us to live as disciples of Jesus Christ and to take up his mission in the world today. We recognize that this grace has its origin in our Baptism and Confirmation and is meant to enliven all Christians.

We embrace the outpouring of charisms that we have experienced through the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and seek to embrace these charisms in order to build up the Body of Christ.

We are a covenant community, bound to God and to one another, because God called us and continues to sustain us as his people. . All who are baptized into Christ are God's people but we in Emmanuel are called to live that according to our charism helping men and women living in the world to make sense of it. God wants Christian communities to be concrete, visible, and tangible. The world needs to be able to look and see examples of people who know they are God's people and who live that out in their normal daily lives.

Activities of Emmanuel Community

The activities of Emmanuel spring forth from our way of life and are an integral part of our mission. They include:

  • General Community Gathering where the community comes together for corporate worship, preaching and ministry,
  • Formation in the Christian Life and in the Way of Life of the Community
  • Regular Eucharistic Celebrations
  • Fellowship which includes both formal and informal gatherings
  • Home Groups and Small Groups which are the basic pastoral unit of the community
  • Emmanuel Youth Outreach is a ministry of the Community which exists to create places and opportunities in the Catholic Church where young people in Brisbane and beyond can personally experience Jesus, grow together in faith, and be empowered by the Spirit for mission in the world. (www.eyouth.com.au)
  • emmanuelworship is the worship arm of the community and is all about wanting people to know that God has not abandoned them - God is with us. Our vision is to broadcast praise and bring a river of worship flowing into the dry places of peoples' hearts (Isaiah 43:19). (www.emmanuelworship.com)
  • School of Mission provides practical, theologically sound formation through a variety of modules and incorporating those ???new??? dimensions of evangelisation according to John Paul II's vision of a 'new evangelisation'.
  • CREAM (Community Retirees Energised And Motivated) is a ministry of Emmanuel members who are no longer in the workforce and who desire to continue to live as active disciples of Jesus. Our vision is to provide a place of nourishment and support for people in a similar stage of life.
  • A Prayer & Healing Ministry has been established so as to minister the Lord's healing and mercy to his people.
  • Impact is a mission outreach to Uganda, which was established to respond to the practical needs emerging from Emmanuel's outreach to Uganda. This ministry focuses on caring for the poor including areas such as health, education and life skills.
  • Emmanuel Resources has been established so that new materials developed in the community particularly in the areas of youth ministry and worship ministry could be disseminated throughout the country. (www.emmanuelresources.com.au)
  • Heart2Hearts is a ministry which seeks to encourage women to connect with one another and discover together all that God desires for us as women. For more information contact heart2hearts@emmanuelcommunity.com.au
  • The international Catholic Fraternity of Communities provides us with a framework on which we build relationships with other communities, both on a national and international level and engage in common mission. For further information see www.catholicfraternity.net

Statutes of Emmanuel Community (dated 2007)

Pope John Paul to the Catholic Fraternity, November 14, 1994, Rome

The recognition of your Fraternity as a private association of the faithful of pontifical right was a sign that charismatic covenant communities have acted as a force for the renewal of the Church in fidelity to the word of God, in holiness of life and commitment to the task of evangelisation.

As cenacles of prayer, evangelical witness and sensitivity to the action of the Holy Spirit, your communities have a specific role to play in the renewal of God's people in holiness in the face of an increased lack of a sense of God's presence and consequent religious indifference. Your efforts to make known to others the joy of your faith in Christ will not only contribute to strengthening the life of the local churches to which you belong, but will also inspire a deeper and more mature faith among your own members.