Welcometo the ASDC website. Please visit our guest book to let us have your views. Messages left will not be available for public viewing until I have monitored and approved them. This precaution was necessary after traumatic experiences with an unmonitored guest book on the old website and any scurrilous messages such as were left there will be deleted on this site and will never see the light of day.
Some initial information appears below. For more information about the association click on any of the links across the top of this page (Please note there are 11 pages shown there but you need to scroll to the right using the little right pointing triangle to see the last two including a much loved page of prayers specially written for the separated and divorced):
The ASDC is an association of local lay self support groups; stemming from an inaugural meeting called in Manchester in 1981 in response to an increasing pressure for a more compassionate understanding of separated and divorced catholics. The association, warmly supported by the Bishops' Conference, has adopted a constitution (approved by the hierarchy), which qualifies it for charitable status, and has elected a co-ordinating committee based at the Headquarters in Manchester.
The purpose of our organisation is to provide catholics shattered by the trauma of marriage breakdown with the support and care which is often best provided by fellow believers and sufferers. With the guidance of our group chaplains, and confident in Christ's promise to those who gather in His name, we believe Christ shares in our mutual ministry of healing. Many lonely and isolated catholics with our common faith in Christ (in particular those trying to raise children on their own) describe joining the ASDC as "finding a new family". With the help of our new brothers and sisters we learn to admit our anger, resolve our bitterness, start to forgive past injuries and mistakes, our own included, and so to begin to live again. Through shared prayer, discussion, study, retreats, as well as more social outings and entertainments, we grow in the confidence to reassert ourselves in society.We are not a pressure group seeking to change church law; we uphold the sanctity and integrity of marriage as the foundation of human life. We do aim to change attitudes by spreading accurate information on the church's teaching on separation, divorce, annulment and remarriage both among our members and fellow Christians. We want to integrate our work with other caring agencies to reduce the number of marriages that fail.
We publish a newsletter every two months entitled "New Vision" which costs just £6 including postage for six issues. You can get your own copy delivered to your door by post by printing the order form and sending it with your cheque payable to "New Vision" to the address shown on it. The editor would also welcome any views, articles poems etc which you would like to share with other readers.