The Beatitudes Community was founded in France in 1973, by Ephraim Croissant and his wife Jo and another couple. It is one of the new communities expressing new forms of 'consecrated' life, in response to the challenges of our times. Following the Second Vatican Council's call for a powerful awakening of the People of God, particularly the laity, the Community’s members seek to answer God's call by consecrating their lives to God and committing themselves in a community life, both contemplative and apostolic. The Community is - according to Canon Law - an Association of the Faithful, established in the archdiocese of Albi (France) in 1985 and officially recognized by Vatican in 2003.
'Beatitudes' is a part of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount in the Gospels according to Matthew and Luke:
"When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the
mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. He opened His mouth
and began to teach them, saying,
The community - as people of God - gathers in a
spirit of chastity people of all states of life: married couples, brothers and
sisters, celibates, deacons and priests living according to the principles of
the first Christian community. There are about 1500 members in the Community:
120 families; 550 consecrated sisters and brothers (of whom 100 are
seminarians); 50 priests; 550 celibates. 70 houses of the Community in the five
continents include 28 in France,
17 in Europe (excluding France),
12 in Africa, 5 in America,
3 in the Middle East and 5 in Asia and Oceania.
In response to local needs and at the service of the Church, apostolates and evangelization of various kinds are undertaken. For example: retreat centres, evangelization with youth, a Christian radio station and production of audio and video cassettes, publication of books, fabrication of icons and hosts, care of the terminally ill, pilgrimages and conferences, artistic creation for the glory of God.
We live by the work of our hands, our apostolates, hospitality and the daily experience of God's presence and care through Providence. For more important projects we rely on donations and the generosity of our benefactors.
The Community is present in Israel since 1975. We come here to pray for the full Redemption of Israel and to work for the mutual understanding and reconciliation between Jews and Christians. Since 1993 we take care of the Holy Place of Emmaus, receiving here pilgrims and visitors.
The beauty of the site and its distance from the
cities creates a peaceful haven of quiet and solitude, and the possibility of
living a powerful experience of God with others. We receive here also the
seminarians of the Community who come for a program of Jewish studies.
phone: +972 (8) 925 69 40
Mary Daughter of Zion
The founder of the Community of the Beatitudes, Ephraim Croissant in 1975
The first brothers & sisters of the Community in Israel, 1978
Our saint patrons:
saint Jean-Marie Batiste Vianney
saint Seraphim of Sarov
Our spiritual teacher, saint Thérèse of Lisieux
Celebration of the Easter Vigil at the Byzantine basilica of Emmaus
A walk from Jerusalem to Emmaus is led by the Community every
Celebration of Shabbat
Prayer service in the chapel of the Community
Dancing Israeli folk dances is a tradition of the Community
Guiding a group of pilgrims at the archaeological site of Emmaus