Westminster: Edmund Adamus receives award from Mormons

 Edmund Adamus (rt) receives award from Elder Stephen Kerr

Edmund Adamus (rt) receives award from Elder Stephen Kerr

Edmund Adamus, Director of Pastoral Affairs at the Diocese of Westminster, has received the 2011 Family Values Award for his work in supporting marriage and family life.  The award is presented annually by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, honouring members of the community who make significant contributions to help and sustain the institution of the family.

He was given the Award along with Phillip Blond, Director and founder of the ResPublica think tank.

Edmund Adamus was commended for his practical work to promote ‘marriage as part of Christian living’.  The citation noted that ‘He facilitates remedial support for troubled marriages and works to assist families with special needs, while directing a diocesan grants foundation to alleviate poverty and deprivation throughout London with a particular regard for families suffering hardship.  ’

On receiving the honour, Edmund said:  “I feel greatly honoured by this award but more importantly am grateful for the recognition it affords those with whom I collaborate making possible the promotion of authentic resources and initiatives for marriage preparation, integrating theology of the body as well as matrimonial enrichment and remedial support for marriages facing difficulties”.

Last year’s Family Values Awards went to Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC, then attorney general, for her efforts to combat domestic violence, and to Mediawatch-UK director Vivienne Pattison.

Edmund and his wife Catherine have been married since 2005 and have one son. He has worked extensively in Catholic education as an Ofsted Lay Inspector of schools from 1993-2004.  He was Development Coordinator for the Conference of Religious in England and Wales from 2002-2004 and has worked in various pastoral situations including school, university, hospital and prison chaplaincy. From 1995-99, he served the Salford diocese as Private Secretary to the then Bishop Patrick Kelly and later Bishop Terence Brain.

He is a frequent speaker on theology of the body and pastoral issues from the perspective of the domestic church and parents as the primary educators of their children. In 2007 the John Paul II Institute, Rome published his paper “The Stages of life and the ‘Communion of Persons;’ A Challenge for Morality” as a response to its annual colloquium on Moral Theology and in 2009 Family Publications published his essay “The Genesis of Humanae Vitae – Memory and Identity” (dedicated to his first son Patrick) in the collection, “A Pure Heart Create for Me” commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Encyclical Humanae Vitae in 2008. He was invited by the Pontifical Council for the Family to address the World Meeting of Families, Mexico in 2009 on the theme ‘Family; Teacher of Human and Christian Values: a European Perspective.’ He was a contributor to the successful 2009 “Prayer Book for Spouses” of the Catholic Truth Society.

Edmund is currently working on the possible development of a diocesan Caritas organisation aimed at enhancing grass roots social, pastoral action which he hopes will have an emphasis on family solidarity with the poor as called for by John Paul II in paragraph 41 of the Post Synodal Exhortation Familiaris Consortio which celebrates its thirtieth anniversary in this year of the beatification of John Paul II – the great pope of the family.

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