Now in its 130th year, the DOK brings women together worldwide
Daughters of the King are women and girls between the ages of seven and one hundred seven who desire a closer walk with the Lord. Our discipline of a Rule of Life – praying daily and doing the will of God – strengthens both lay and ordained members and supports us through
We come together at different stages of our Christian journey – some just beginning their path and some having traveled for a long time. No matter where we are on our sacred journeys, our primary goal remains constant – to know Jesus Christ and to make Him known to others.
Empowered by the Holy Spirit, our vision as Daughters of the King is to know Jesus Christ, to make Him known to others, and to become reflections of God’s love throughout the world.
Our Christian order is a community of men or women living under a religious rule. We define ourselves as an order, not an organization, because the Daughters of the King accept a Rule of Life. Local Chapters form our primary community but our order reaches across the world.
We don’t just call ourselves members and attend meetings. After a three-month period of study and discernment, each new member takes lifetime vows to uphold the two Rules of the Order, the Rule of Prayer and the Rule of Service.
How It All Began
In 1885, Margaret “Maggie” Juliet Franklin, a 31-year-old wife and mother of two, led a women’s Bible study in at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, an Episcopal Church in Manhattan, New York. This group of women called themselves “Daughters of the King.”
Their mission was simple—to spread the Kingdom of Christ among young women. The Bible class would contact more women and encourage them to come and study the Word of God. The idea caught on very quickly: other women and women’s’ groups also seeking a more devout life joined this fledgling ministry and wanted to become “Daughters of the King.” In four years, six chapters had affiliated with the Daughters of the King and a year later, they became eleven full chapters.
It has grown almost exponentially since that time. Today, the Order of the Daughters of the King extends internationally and includes women in the Anglican, Episcopal, Lutheran (ELCA) and Roman Catholic churches. A Daughter pledges herself to a life-long program of prayer, service and evangelism, reaffirming the promises made at Baptism and Confirmation. She receives support in this commitment from a worldwide community of like-minded women.
If you would like to learn more about the Daughters of the King at All Saint’s Church or have a prayer request, please contact one of the Daughters or Betty Coltham, Susan Cardwell, or Joanne Schinaman. All prayer requests are kept confidential.