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. We are an order for 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) and Roman Catholic churches.
An Order, not an Organization
An Order is a community under a religious rule; especially one requiring members to take solemn vows. We don’t just enroll as members and attend meetings; we take life-long vows to follow the Rule of Prayer and Rule of Service.
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. Members of the order undertake a Rule of Life, incorporating the Rule of Prayer and Rule of Service. By reaffirmation of the promises made at Baptism and Confirmation, a Daughter pledges herself to a life-long program of prayer, service and evangelism, dedicated to the spread of Christ’s Kingdom and the strengthening of the spiritual life of her parish.
The emblem of the Order is in the form of a modified Greek fleury cross 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”. The emblem never wavering from the original design, has been trademarked for the exclusive use of the Order. The cross is worn at all times.
Part of our Rule of Prayer is to pray daily:
The Rule of Service:
The chapter at St. Barnabas is the Mary E. Norton Chapter. In 2010, the Order of the Daughter’s of the King celebrated 125 years of praying, serving, and evangelizing!