The Daughters of the King
The best kept secret of the diocese (but not for long!)
By Vicki Martin Kier
Who is feeding the homeless, clothing the poor, visiting shut-ins, assisting the clergy, praying daily and reaching out to share the fellowship of the church and the love of Jesus Christ? We are! We are the Order of the Daughters of the King (DOK) and you probably have never heard of us.
We are women communicants of The Episcopal Church, churches in communion with TEC, or churches in the historic episcopate but not in communion with it. Our membership includes women in the Anglican, Episcopal, Lutheran (ELCA) and Roman Catholic churches.
Founded in 1885, the DOK is organized as a religious order. Though we do not live in an enclosed community, each Daughter takes a lifetime vow to live by the Rule of the Order, which requires a spiritual discipline of daily prayer, service and evangelism. The emblem of the Order is a modified Greek Fleury Cross and each Daughter wears one at all times as an outward and visible sign of their lifetime vow. Each DOK chapter has officers and a chaplain. Beyond the Chapter, there are diocesan, provincial and national levels.
The Diocese of Southern Ohio has nine DOK chapters. Each chapter has a monthly meeting with prayer, study of the Bible or a devotional book and a short business session. Besides rendering aid at all times to the clergy for the spiritual support of the parish, each chapter adopts one or more service projects. St. Philip’s, Columbus, chapter members hold regular healing services, conduct home visitations with the priest and provide meals for the homeless; Trinity, Hamilton, chapter members conduct home visitations with the priest, provide free clothing and household items through “The Master’s Closet,” and give support to ECW for funeral dinners and receptions. Other chapters include: St. Margaret’s,Trotwood, St. Peter’s, Delaware, St. John’s, Lancaster, St. George’s, Dayton, Church of the Epiphany, Urbana, All Saints, New Albany, and St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Lewis Center.
The Daughters are a group of Christian women trying to fulfill the promises of our baptismal covenant and our confirmation. We have adopted a rule of life to help us in that endeavor. We find 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.
If you feel called to become a Daughter of the King or want to learn more about establishing a chapter at your congregation, please contact Cynthia Turner, DOK diocesan president, at 614.258.4280 or Vicki Kier, member of the Trinity, Hamilton chapter at firstname.lastname@example.org.