The Jerusalem Community was born after Vatican Council II at the initiative of two men: the then archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Marty and Father Pierre-Marie Delfieux. It consists of monks, nuns and lay people who wish to share the same spirituality through different vocations, living "in the heart of the city, in the heart of God".
The Monastic Institutions of the Brothers and Sisters of Jerusalem seek to provide an oasis of peace and prayer amidst the hectic day-to-day life of the city. Several offshoot communities have since sprung up around it - the Apostolic Communities, active in parochial life, as well as numerous lay Communities - and together they form the Jerusalem family. All share in the same liturgy and it is the Community's rule, the Livre de Vie, that binds them to each other and nourishes their commitment to the Church.
"Jerusalem built as a city that is bound firmly together" (psalm 121). The name was chosen as a constant reminder of the destination of our earthly pilgrimage, "the glory of God gives [the city] light, and the Lamb is its lamp" (Revelation 21,23).