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Daughters of the King

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The Daughters of the King is an Order for women of the Episcopal Church and churches within the historic Episcopate, and was organized in 1885. Every Daughter pledges herself to a lifelong program of prayer, service and personal ministry, dedicated to the strengthening of the spiritual life of her parish. By the reaffirmation of promises made at confirmation, every Daughter undertakes a Rule of Life, incorporating the Rule of Prayer and the Rule of Service.Chapters are organized within parishes, missions, and institutions with the consent of the rector, chaplain or bishop. Candidates for membership undertake a three to six month period of study with a Daughter from the chapter before making a commitment. Chapters may not raise money in the name of the Order, but rather seek to assist wherever possible with prayer and service.

The Daughters of St. Mary the Virgin Chapter was Installed on June 4th, 2005. Although there had been an active chapter early in the history of the parish, the details have been lost.

You may recognize a Daughter of the King by the modified Greek fleury cross inscribed in Latin with the Order’s ideal, “Magnanimiter Crucem Sustine” which means that with heart, mind and spirit we are reminded to uphold and bear the cross. At the base are the letters “FHS”, initials which stand for our motto, “For His Sake…” We wear the cross either on a chain or pinned over the heart. We welcome your questions about the Order. Please feel free to approach any one of us.

If you are interested in further information about the Daughters of the King, we heartily encourage you to contact office@smvsf.org. They will pass your name on to the current membership chair of the chapter.