Regrettably the ASDC was wound up as a national organisation in October 2015 and therefore there is no longer an official website in its name. I am developing a website on which it is hoped to keep some of the spirit of the former ASDC alive and the address of the isite is http://www.deparated-divorcedand catholic.me.uk.

The ASDC was 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, had adopted a constitution (approved by the hierarchy), which qualified it for charitable status (which had been withdrawn before the Association was eventually dissolved), and had elected a co-ordinating committee based at the Headquarters in Manchester.

The purpose of our organisation was 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 group chaplains, and confident in Christ's promise to those who gather in His name, we believed 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) described joining the ASDC as "finding a new family". With the help of our new brothers and sisters we learned 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.

 

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