Words of Remembrance for Brother Edward Adams, FSC

Written by Brother Colman Coogan, FSC

Looking back on Brother Edward’s life, one cannot but see its many unique aspects represented in personality, devotion to our ministry of the Word, and his ability to find unique settings in which to apply his mission as a Brother of the Christian Schools.

Gifted with a fine intelligence matched with a winsome personality, a broad smile, and a ready hand to meet whomsoever he met, Brother Ed’s self-confidence enabled him to explore a broad range of apostolic opportunities. Friendships formed in the past were sustained for decades.

While teaching at South Catholic, Pittsburgh, Brother Edward formed a close relationship with the McGregor family and their children. Later, transferred to St. John’s, Washington, they, too came to D.C., even securing positions at the school until retirement. Little by little, Brother spent increasing time with the family, preferring its warmth and support as opposed to the more structured community life of the Brothers in nearby communities. Nevertheless, he was always welcomed there by the Brothers for occasional visits. In retrospect, the support Ed felt in this family atmosphere was not unlike that which other Brothers experienced in the small community movement.

Brother had a special fondness for his sister Mary then a member of another religious community for many years but from which she withdrew to join her brother in what was then the McGregor home although from which all had departed or were living elsewhere after their parents’ death. As Mary grew older, Brother was able to secure care for her at De La Salle Hall, Lincroft, where he eventually joined her, and where he died.

While Brother Edward’s lifestyle was unique, it was no less genuine as seen in his deep commitment to the religious life and educationally-related ministries. That he was successful in this was testified by the many who participated in his funeral, coming from as far away as California and Pittsburgh.

May Brother Edward now rest peacefully in God’s hands, joyfully having arrived at that time of peace so earnestly sought during his lifetime.

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace.

Please Pray for the Repose of the Soul of Brother Edward Adams, FSC

1928 – 2021

Born Edward Joseph Adams in Philadelphia PA on 18 May 1928

Died at De La Salle Hall in Lincroft NJ on 15 October 2021

Entered the Ammendale MD Novitiate in 11 June 1946

Received the Religious Habit and Name Florian Alfred on 7 September 1946

Pronounced Perpetual Vows at Ocean Rest in Ocean City NJ on 28 August 1953


Thursday, 21 October 2021

Private Visitation for Residents & Staff
De La Salle Hall

Saturday, 23 October 2021

Private Graveside Prayer Service & Interment for Family
De La Salle Cemetery
6001 Ammendale Road
Beltsville MD 20705

Memorial Mass – TBD

Brother Edward passed away after a brief respite in hospice care.

The District of Eastern North America remembers Brother Edward with memorial liturgies according to the tradition of the Institute. Through their prayers, communities and individuals entrust Brother Edward to God’s loving care.

May he rest in peace.


Washington DC
De La Salle College and The Catholic University of America (scholasticate)

Eddington PA
Saint Francis Vocational School

Washington DC
Saint John’s College High School

Rome Italy
Generalate (2nd Novitiate)

Pittsburgh PA
South Hills Catholic High School

Philadelphia PA
West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys

Riverdale NY
Manhattan College (graduate studies)

Washington DC
Saint John’s College High School

Beltsville MD
Saint La Salle Auxiliary

Washington DC
Georgetown Preparatory School

Adamstown MD
Christian Brothers Retreat House

Washington DC
Saint Paul’s College – Evangelization Office

Washington DC
Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate

Washington DC
The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Washington DC
Saint John’s College High School

Bethesda MD
Saint Jane Frances de Chantal Parish

Lincroft NJ
De La Salle Hall (resident)