Who Are the Daughters of the King?
The Order of the Daughters of the King® (DOK) is a spiritual sisterhood of women dedicated to a life of Prayer, Service and Evangelism. We have made a commitment to Jesus as our Savior, and we follow Him as Lord of our lives. More importantly, not just another organization to join, we are a Holy Order with lifetime vows for prayer, evangelism and service. The Order is for all women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, churches in communion with it, or churches in the Historic Episcopate. Today our membership includes women in the Anglican, Episcopal, Lutheran (ELCA), Moravian, and Roman Catholic churches around the world.
The Order of the Daughters of the King® was founded in 1885 by Margaret J. Franklin at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in New York City with the women in her Bible Study Class. Margaret saw the desire of the women to grow spiritually and she had a vision of how Daughters could support many women to do that. The first chapter was named the Alpha Chapter. Today, 132 years later, there are 25,000 members, including Junior Daughters up to age 21. Over 3,000 Daughters can be found outside of the U.S., in Brazil, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Germany, Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Israel, Kenya, Malawi, Panama, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda and the Virgin Islands.
We are a group of Christian women striving to fulfill the promises of our Baptismal Covenant:
To continue in the Apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in the prayers.
To persevere in resisting evil, and when we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord.
To proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ.
To seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself.
To strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect the dignity of every human being.
Through membership in our Order women are:
Strengthened through prayer
Helped to grow spiritually through study
Provided a community with other Daughters for support
We are a community of support for one another and all Daughters worldwide.
The Order of the Daughters of the King® to be a safe place in a busy world where we can be together and support each other in Christ’s love.
Duties and Responsibilities of Members
Daughters make a commitment to Prayer, Service, and Evangelism through the adoption of a Rule of Life. The Rule of Life includes a Rule of Prayer and a Rule of Service. A “rule” helps us to create the life we want and stay true to our commitments. It is a standard we desire and strive to fulfill.
A Daughter is a woman of prayer. We can never forget that prayer is the foundation from which our service grows. “Prayer without work is empty words, service without prayer is labor lost.” A Daughter prays regularly, in love and faith, knowing that prayer is an act of love for herself and others, and faith in a loving, incarnate God.
A Daughter will serve others as Christ – the King of kings.
A Daughter shares the Good News of God’s love and works for the spread His Kingdom.
The Emblem of the Order
The emblem of the Order is a modified Greek Fleury cross (as pictured in the logo) inscribed in Latin, “Magnanimiter Crucem Sustine,” the watchword of the Order, meaning “With heart, mind and spirit uphold and bear the cross.” At the base of the cross are the letters “FHS”, initials that stand for the Motto of the Order: “For His Sake”. Daughters wear a silver cross pin or necklace that is recognizable by other Daughters, everywhere they go.
The Motto of the Order Vision Statement
For His Sake…
I am but one, but I am one.
I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
What I can do, I ought to do.
What I ought to do, by the grace of God I will do.
Lord, what will you have me do?
Empowered by the Holy Spirit, our vision as Daughters of the King is to know Jesus Christ Jesus Christ and to make Him known to others.
Organization: Area Provinces, Local Diocesan Assemblies and Parish Chapters
Each parish with an active Daughters group forms a Chapter of the National Order. The National Order meets once every 3 years and is called Triennial. The next one is in 2018 in Austin, Texas. Daughters are informed via The Royal Cross newsletter from the National office.
The National Order is divided into Provinces that co-inside with national church province boundaries. We are in Province 3. Provincial Assemblies take place once per year and include all the Assemblies for that area. The Assemblies co-inside with diocesan boundaries and meet for Meetings, Retreats, and Special Events. Assemblies are made up of all the local Chapters. Here is the organization:
Liturgical Churches Around the World
Liturgical Churches Nationwide (from 5 Denominations)
Provinces (May include several Denominations)
Assemblies (May include more than one Diocese or Denomination)
Chapters and Daughters at Large (includes those who have no parish based Chapter)
The Daughters of the King at Emmanuel – A new Chapter!
Emmanuel just formed a new Chapter called The Verna Dozier Chapter, named after Verna Dozier, an inspiring educator, author, theologian and speaker who is known for promoting the authority of the laity, “reclaiming scripture study and religious vocation for all the baptized,” and equality of all people.
Our Chapter was installed on November 24th, 2013, with several daughters from the Pittsburgh Assembly in attendance. Daughters at Emmanuel is always open to new members and any women visiting a meeting. Women seeking to become part of the Chapter at Emmanuel will take part in a study. The study consists of 12 lessons and is considered a time of discernment to listen for a call to join the Order.
Because Daughters is a Holy Order, this means it is not just another club or meeting, but is a lifetime commitment to a life of prayer, service and evangelism. Most women who are interested in becoming a Daughter are actually already doing this. Becoming a Daughter of the King, then, is a natural extension of their Christian life and a conscious commitment to the Order and to this group of women dedicated to spiritual growth.
The Daughters at Emmanuel meet once a month for Prayer, Study, Fellowship and Service.
Our current membership includes:
We invite you to Inquire!
To request prayer, speak with someone about your interest in becoming a Daughter, ask questions or visit a meeting, fill out the contact form below, and enter Daughters in the Subject box. Leave your email and / or phone and we will get back to you promptly.
Lift High the Cross!