to kill an embryo
rite controversial, but ‘a jewel’
Renewal of my faith
It has “given me a complete renewal of my faith”, she says.
“It has also enhanced my parish and community work.
“I have come to understand the Church more, and it’s like a big brother
Pierre Gousat founded the Emmanuel
Community in Paris in 1972 as a place for
Within a year, 500 people had joined in the prayer group to develop their personal and communal relationship with God, through prayer, reflection on the scriptures, celebration of the sacraments, retreats, intercession and adoration.
Before she joined the Catholic Chaplaincy team at Sydney University this year, Carmel worked in Rome and Paris for the community.
ran a restaurant in a red light district in Paris, being in charge of more than
Carmel says the restaurant proved a real eye-opener.
“The clientele consisted of transvestites, prostitutes and pimps, but I tried to create a place of self-worth and dignity, where no one would judge them,” she says.
“People seemed to feel at home and the restaurant had a warmth and vibrancy to it.”
The Emmanuel Community has more than 8000 members in 57 countries, including Australia, France, Italy, Canada and the US.
The Emmanuel Comm-unity exists to be a living announcement and proclamation that “God is with us”.
Members are called to make a response to the three charisms - adoration, compassion and evangelisation.
For the past three years, the Sydney members have been responsible for the liturgy and music at the 6pm Sunday Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral.