Country Coordinator: Vivian Young
Women at a small Episcopal church, El Buen Pastor, in Piedras Negras are the first chapter of Daughters of the King in Mexico. In early 2014 Fr. Miguel attended a Diocese of West Texas conference and asked about Daughters of the King. St. Luke's Cypress Mill, Diocese of West Texas, has been doing mission work at El Buen Pastor in Piedras Negras for seven years and the Daughters of St. Luke were excited about the possibility of sharing the Order with ladies at El Buen Pastor.
In October 2014, the mission group was visiting on one of the nights of the DOK training session and Fr. Miguel asked that the two U.S. Daughters share their experiences. Connie Bye and Linda Appleton shared how God called and prepared them to become Daughters.
At the completion of the Daughters of the King training program, Father Miguel scheduled a Quiet Day for November 14th and invited daughters from St. Luke's to participate. St. Luke's Chapter President, Carolyn Davis, Vivian Young, National Council Member, Sally Smith, Linda Appleton, and Connie Bye attended the Quiet Day with Father Bye also assisting.
After scripture and meditation based on Mary’s example the group held a blanket with a cross on it and offered prayers. Women from two nations became one group of handmaidens of the Lord in a mysterious and wondrous way.
Daughters of the King Training Meeting - October 2014
Linda Appleton and Connie Bye from St. Luke's Cypress Mill
shared their experiences as Daughters of the King.
US Triennial 2015
The representative from Mexico, The Rev. Maria Elena Cristerna, gave her testimony
of blessings received during the Triennial Gathering at the closing Eucharist service
Torch Prayer 2015
The first chapter in Mexico, Talitakum, was instituted on January 9, 2015 at
Iglesia El Buen Pastor, Piedras Negras. Six members gathered in March
to pray for the Triennial Torch Prayer.
Rev Marielena Daniel, new daughter and Chaplain for the charter, lighting the fire towards the Triennial with St. Lukes Cypress Mill (Diocese of West Diocese) daughters, Carolyn Davis (Chapter President) Linda Appleton and Connie Bye.
First Chapter in Mexico
Instituted on January 9th, 2015, the Talitakum Chapter is the first Daughters of the King chapter in Mexico (Iglesia El Buen Pastor, Piedras Negras).
Among those present at the Service of Institution and Admission were:
Presiding Bishop of Mexico, the Most Rev. Francisco Moreno and his wife, Esperanza
Padre Miguel Cristerna and his wife Revda. Marie Elena
Rev. Tommy Bye, Rector of St. Luke's Cypress Mill, TX and his wife, Connie (DOK)
Daughters of the King from St. Luke's, who introduced the Order to El Buen Pastor
National Council members, Missy Denney and Vivian Young
One important point was that the Bishop said he had wanted Daughters in Mexico for twenty-five years but it just hadn't happen. He said that this was apparently God's time and place. Praise God!
Daughters of the King Service and Blessing of Daughters of the King Crosses
Admitting new Daughters to the Order
New Daughters Taking their Vows
Talitakum Chapter, Iglesia El Buen Pastor, Piedras Negras
January 9, 2015
Quiet Day in Preparation for Institution of First Chapter
Rev. Marie Elena reading a letter from National Daughter of the King
President, Pamela Runyon to the women who had completed
training to become a Daughter. Rev. Marie Elena also went
through the training and will become a Daughter.
November 14, 2014 Quiet Day for prospective Daughters.
Lead by Father Miguel, Rector at El Buen Pastor in Piedras Negras
and assisted by Father Tommy Bye, Rector of St. Luke's Cypress Mill, Diocese of West Texas
Quiet Day ~ November 14, 2014
Praying as Handmaidens of the Lord