Posts in category Testimony

A little inspiration for growth!

Here is just a little inspiration from our brother and sister, Thao and Truong, in Houston, TX. Through their faithfulness, prayer and dedication to not give up, they have recently expanded their household from two to five. They have been meeting weekly all the while continuing their prior commitment to a phone household with other brothers […]

EC Mercy Nights take off in New Jerse...

On Friday, October 30, 2015, the second Mercy Night in the Archdiocese of Newark was held at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Secaucus. Our sisters, Annette Onanga and Maura Pollard came out to Jersey and helped with the mission. Instead of reading about the night from a brother in the Community, I decided […]

A call within a call. The Priesthood ...

Fr. Thomas Petrillo talks about his call to the Emmanuel Community twenty-five years after his priestly ordination.

Little fruits of encouragement

Dear brothers and sisters, A few weeks ago Pablo, Natalia, and I led the Confirmation class at St. Michael here Gainesville, GA. We introduced the night with “Spirit of God” and then at the end of the night, we sang during a short adoration time. Before we left for the evening, a young man from […]

One big happy family in PA!

We are very grateful to all of you who decided to come to Malvern for the World Meeting of Families and the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia. We know you had to go through many obstacles but you came anyway – to help us with the Mercy Night and to spend time with us. For us […]

From afar, yet so close!

Recently, Laure and Brice from the D.C. area had the joy in meeting a Russian couple from Moscow, Irene and Alexander. Irene and Alexander previously met the community during a visit of a group of community brothers and sisters along with the moderator, Laurent Landete to their area. It was a blessing to meet Christian brothers […]

The Joy of the World Meeting of Famil...

From Anne: I had been looking forward to participating in the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia for about two years, ever since I found out it would be here in the U.S. It was so great to participate in the events of the Congress, attending many wonderful talks, including speakers such as Bishop Robert […]

Through the Intercession of Cyprien a...

My husband and I met Daphrose and Cyprien Rugamba through numerous testimonies of our brothers and sisters from the Emmanuel Community in Rwanda as well as through his beautiful songs. The killings and atrocities that took place in Rwanda left us with broken and empty hearts; as we were searching for our survivors and searching […]

A pictorial journal at the World Meet...

When you find yourself with few brothers and sisters to share in your journey you constantly yearn for those moments when community gathers for what ever reason. When I was asked to attend the World Meeting of Families by Fr. Charles to help in promoting the Emmanuel School of Mission-Rome (ESM) in the U.S.A. I quickly […]

Confession and Adoration

See this powerful testimony by our sister, Alejandra. From “Project 3:15” website.

A heart set ablaze!

One of the most attractive aspects of the Emmanuel Community is the rootedness in the Holy Eucharist, God’s Presence among us. We love this by frequently attending Mass and by time spent in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, individually and when we are gathered as a Community. It is a beautiful thing to be called […]

Poetry and Evangelization

For those of you who know me, you know that I’m something of an artist. Music, theatre, visual arts are all a major source of inspiration for me and I participate in or create artistic experiences as regularly as possible. It is certainly a vocation for me – to live out a call to connect […]

The grace of welcome in the community

One of the graces of the community is the gift of welcoming others into our homes. I think anyone who has gotten to know the community well enough has experienced this either on the giving or receiving end. I grew up in an environment where welcoming someone into our home was not really a spontaneous […]

From Movie Sets to the Vatican!

Here is a brief testimony about Richard Borgman’s son, Scott and his journey from movie sets to the Vatican. Thank you Scott for saying yes to the call from the Lord. The world is a better place because of your yes! U.S. priest discusses his journey from movie sets to Vatican work VATICAN CITY (CNS) […]

Proclaim Christ from the rooftops!

When most people hear “mission” they think of going out to the remote lands of Africa, Asia or South America. Truth be told, mission is much simpler than that. It doesn’t even require taking any type of fancy transportation. Mission simply means living out faith in every day life; on the street, in the supermarket, […]

My baptismal call

Six months ago I arrived in Salvador da Bahia, to discern the Emmanuel Community, the past several months have been filled with many graces. Particularly, discerning the Emmanuel Community graces of Adoration, Compassion and Evangelization have been especially helpful with growth in my interior life by granting me greater clarity. Initially, I was eager to […]

He leadeth me. My journey to the prie...

Fr. Sean Maher—Melrose, MA Fr. Sean Maher grew up in Ireland in County Kerry, the southwest coast of Ireland. He came to the U.S. as an adult and entered St. John’s Seminary in Boston, MA.  Now he serves as parochial vicar of  St. Mary of the Annunciation parish in Melrose, Massachusetts, just North of Boston. Upbringing in […]

The joy of serving the poorest of the...

Dear brothers and sisters, As we approach this time where one of the main distractions is buying and giving gifts, let us take some time to read a letter recently sent to me by Eric, a former brother of the community. Eric is now a postulant of the CFR’s (Franciscan Friars of the Renewal) in […]

Vacation by God’s grace

Our family is so budget-constrained every year, that it has become a family tradition to go on vacation by the grace of God and the help of some good people. However, a trip to Poland (we come from Poland and haven’t visited for 8 years straight) was so much out of our scope that it […]

The joy of time spent together…

It is always a grace to get together with another member of the Community. Rosemary Leblond stopped in for a cup of tea and a prayer with Laure Quesnel who lives with her family in Rockville, Maryland. Written by: Rosemary (PA)