Edmund was a member of a wealthy Polish noble family. He studied literature at universities in Breslau and Berlin. Edmund contracted tuberculosis in his early 20s. He dedicated his life to the service of abandoned children, the sick, and poor, teaching and spending his fortune in the service of the needy. He founded reading rooms and libraries to provide books and learning to the poor, and started the 1st daycare centers in the country. He funded assistance for the sick, supported orphanages, and worked in both himself. Founded the Congregation of the Servants of the Immaculate Virgin Mary whose 4,500 sisters continue the work around the world. A couple years before his death, Edmund entered the seminary, but Edmund did not survive long enough to be ordained.