Who are we ?
A Community born in the wake of Vatican II
The Community of the Beatitudes is a contemplative and missionary community born in France in 1973 out of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal following the Vatican II Council. It was founded by two couples, Gérard Croissant (Ephraïm), his wife Jo and Jean-Marc and Mireille Hammel, who had experienced an outpouring of the Holy Spirit and an intimacy with God. A strong urge to live in community appeared to them as an evident calling from on High to live according to the Gospel along the lines of the fist Christian communities described in the Acts of the Apostles.
The Community started to grow in Cordes sur Ciel (81) and Cardinal Robert Coffy recognized it as a « pious union ».In 2002 the Pontifical Council for the Laity recognized the Community as a Private international Association of the Faithful. After many stages of development, this association was dissolved in 2011. On 29th June 2011 the Archbishop of Toulouse, Mgr Robert Le Gall, set up a new Public Association of the Faithful under diocesan law with the view of becoming an Ecclesial Family of Consecrated Life under the authority of the Roman Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life.
An image of the People of God called to holiness
The Community, as an image of the people of God where both unity and diversity are expressed, gathers together consecrated sisters, consecrated brothers, some of which are priests, and lay members, single or married (some of which are permanent deacons or have chosen to remain single for the Kingdom having pronounced a vow of celibacy).
In 2019 the Community comprises 763 members : 177 brothers (of which 87 are priests), 270 sisters, 316 lay members (of which 13 are permanent deacons and 51 have chosen celibacy for the Kingdom. ). All share the same initial calling. Finally, about forty trainees go through a year of discernment and formation in our houses with a view to entering the Community.For further information…
Connected to the Community are « alliance members » such as the Disciples of the Lamb or Friends of the Lamb who form the Beatitudes Family.For further information…
The Community has founded so far 50 houses in 26 countries worldwide, in Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America, the South Sea Islands and the Middle East.