The Order of the Daughters of the King was founded in the Episcopal Church in 1885; there has been a chapter at St. Paul’s, Albany, since January 1979. It is called the Saints Mary and Martha Chapter.
The founder, Margaret J. Franklin, envisioned the mission of the order to be the extension of Christ’s Kingdom through prayer, service, and evangelism. Headquartered in Woodstock, GA, members today are communicants of the Anglican, Roman Catholic, and Lutheran (ELCA) churches as well as the Episcopal Church.
St. Paul’s chapter meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 11:30 am in the St. Paul’s Room for about 45 minutes, according to Mrs. Pat Burger, the chapter president. “We go over our prayer list, which is not a duplicate of the one printed in the weekly service leaflets. There’s also a list on the church’s website,” Pat said.
“We have a wonderful, faithful group of ladies who not only meet monthly but are engaged daily in prayer as part of our Rule of Life,” Pat continued. “Our Rule also includes service and ministry. A number of us visit shut-ins on a regular basis.
“We continue to welcome new members,” Pat emphasized, as did her immediate predecessor, Mrs. Jean McGuire. “In fact, we need to grow our chapter some each year so it can be a meaningful ministry for many years to come,” Pat added.In the photograph on this page, which was taken in March 2009, are: from left, Jean McGuire and four new members, Jolee Dorsey, Lillian Parkman, Lisa Kelley, and Debbie Richardson. The fifth new member in 2009 was Pat Burger. Later in the year, two others, Caroline Greenwald and Menard Hall, joined the daughters.