The Order of the Daughters of the King is a spiritual sisterhood in existence since 1885, composed of women who are dedicated to a life of prayer, service, and evangelism. The Royal Cross, the official publication of our order, has been published since 1892. We are lay and ordained women who have made a commitment to Jesus as our Savior, and we follow Him as Lord of our lives. We are women who, in the midst of our daily lives, find community and spiritual support in local chapters. Our local Mary of Magdela DOK chapter was founded on January 12, 2003. Membership includes women in the USA and around the world. The first missionary supported by our order founded a chapter in Shanghai in 1900.
The emblem of the order is a silver cross inscribed with this sentence in Latin: “With heart, mind, and spirit uphold and bear the cross.” At the base of the cross are the letters FHS, which stand for “For His Sake.”
Any woman communicant in the Episcopal Church who accepts the two rules of the order, the rule of prayer and the rule of service, is eligible for membership.
In 2000, the order dedicated a new building in Woodstock, Georgia as the Margaret J. Franklin Center, which is home to the national office and the order’s archives.
Current Officers: Debra Barany, President; Juanita Sprague, Vice-President; Amy Heidel, Secretary; Vicki Meacham, Treasurer.
Meeting Times: Fridays at 6:00 AM at Cracker Barrel Restaurant and 11:00 AM at Pat Borjesson’s home in Owensboro; Fourth Saturdays monthly at 10:00 AM at Trinity Episcopal Church.
Annual Sponsored Events: Valentine Luncheon for Singles and Seniors; Maundy Thursday Prayer Vigil until midnight; Pray Trinity on Holy Saturday from 10:00 AM until Noon; Mother’s Day flowers for all parish women.
THE MOTTO OF THE ORDER
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?
THE PRAYER OF THE ORDER
O Eternal Father, you have sent us your Son to teach us things pertaining to your heavenly Kingdom. Give your blessing to our Order wherever it may be throughout the world. Grant that we, your Daughters, ever may discern your truth and bear the cross through the battles of our earthly life. Give us strength to overcome temptation and the grace to work to spread your Kingdom and to gather your scattered sheep within your fold. Pour out upon us the sevenfold gift of the Holy Spirit that we may always remember it is your work we are called to do, that all we think, do or say may be pleasing in your sight. We ask it all For His Sake, our King and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Information about the order may be found at https://www.doknational.org/.
Subscribe to the order’s official publication at https://www.doknational.org/page/RoyalCrossSubscript.