St. Elizabeth Anne Chapter at St. John’s, Boulder
The Order of the Daughters of the King® (DOK) is a spiritual sisterhood of women dedicated to a life of Prayer, Service and Evangelism. 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.
History of our Chapter
Our chapter began formation in early 1996 under the leadership of Rev. Sandy Grundy and Rev. Michelle Danson. The first three members were Pat Fischer, Lois Starr and Barbara Downing. The chapter was officially installed on Nov. 18th 1996 by Fr. Rol Holverstock. Our membership has grown steadily and we currently have more than 25 women participating in the ministry.
We named our chapter St. Elizabeth Anne, after St. Elizabeth, who cared for children, and Anne, Mary’s mother. Originally we were asked to focus our prayers on the children of our parish. We were soon asked to pray for all parishioners.
The Daughter’s Rule of Life
The Rule of Prayer
In the Christian life nothing can be substituted for prayer. It is a Daughter’s daily recourse to the source of life and strength. Every member must have a rule of daily prayer. Communication with God must be a growing, deepening relationship with Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each Daughter’s Rule of Prayer should be carefully considered and guarded. It should be prayerfully chosen, reviewed regularly and revised periodically.
Part of the Rule of Prayer is to pray daily:
For the unity of Christ’s Church.
For the spread of Christ’s Kingdom, especially among women and girls.
For God's blessing upon the members of the Order.
For the spiritual growth of the parish and for the clergy of the parish to which the chapter owes allegiance.
For the grace to follow our Rule and for our own needs.
The Rule of Service
Through her Rule of Service, a Daughter daily seeks to do the will of God where she is, remembering Jesus’ words, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these... you did it for me.” Matthew 25:40 (NIV). The Rule of Service is the application of one’s baptismal vow, reaffirmed by Confirmation:
To be Christ’s faithful servant in the extension of His Kingdom
To regularly take part in the worship, study and work of the Church.
To render at all times aid to the clergy as deemed necessary for the spiritual up-building of the parish.
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 Wording on the Cross (in the logo of the Daughters of the King)
Magnanimiter Crucem Sustine – “With heart, mind and spirit uphold and bear the cross”
FHS — "For His Sake"
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