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Episcopal Women Honored at Luncheon

April 8th at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 25 women were honored for their support of their parish and community at a Luncheon sponsored by the Diocesan Episcopal Women’s Ministries Council. Bishop-Elect Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows presented their certificates.

Honored Women

  • Carol Baum – Good Samaritan Brownsburg
  • Mary Boggs – St. Alban’s, Indianapolis
  • Pat Carter – St. James’, New Castle
  • Dr. Carolyn Cooper – Chapel of the Good Shepherd, West Lafayette
  • Karen Dickie – Christ Church Church, Madison
  • Carla Ewing – St. Paul’s, Evansville
  • Judith Gillespie – St. Paul’s, Columbus
  • Jane Herr – St. David’s, Bean Blossom
  • Rhoda Keough – St. Phillip’s, Indianapolis
  • Dr. Maggie McClure – St. John’s, Lafayette
  • Marie Krebs O’Neil – St. Paul’s New Albany
  • Kaye Palmer – St. Matthew’s, Indianapolis
  • Irene Ray – St. James’, Vincennes
  • Nancy Rayfield –  Trinity, Bloomington
  • Dr. Jane Root – Trinity, Indianapolis
  • Helen Rudesill – St. Paul’s, Indianapolis
  • Susan Steigerwald –Trinity, Lawrenceburg
  • Betty Whaley –  Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis
  • Carolyn Williams –  St. Timothy’s, Indianapolis

Special recognition

  • Esther Weaver for her support
  • Sally Cassidy for her support

Those not able to attend:

  • Suse Blasé – St. Christopher’s Church, Carmel
  • Ruthie Fassnacht – St. Mark’s, Plainfield
  • Carol Hubbard – St. Augustine, Danville
  • Florence Caylor – Trinity, Anderson

More Pictures from the Event

A Tribute to a Special Daughter of The King

In May of this year, our friend Juliana Milroy was called to her heavenly home. She was a ‘jump starter’ of the movement to grow the Daughters of the King movement here in the Diocese of Indianapolis. Juliana resided on the near east side of Indianapolis, living in a modestly furnished apartment. Having no car, she would either take the bus or walk to downtown to the cathedral.

My friendship with Juliana began with a phone call in 1995. Juliana called me asking for a ride to the Province V meeting for the Episcopal Church Women. During the conference, Juliana attended a breakfast meeting about the Daughters of the King. She was so inspired by these two special ladies, Jean Hicks and Debra Tischler, that she asked for a financial grant from the Cathedral Women to have a tea to tell the women in our diocese the story of the Daughters. Jean and Debra came to Indy to tell the story of the Daughters. At the end of tea, approximately 10 women wanted to pursue further the process of establishing Daughters of the King in the Diocese.

From this simple gathering came a historical moment for the Daughters here in the Diocese of Indianapolis. What made this a pivotal point is that a third chapter known as the bishop’s chapter at St. Matthews was established. This allowed a diocesan assembly to be created. From the two chapters existent in New Castle and Vincennes, our story flourished throughout the diocese.

The rest is history. Our chapters have grown by leaps and bounds. Juliana’s faith was deep and she had a big heart. She had a 1940’s-vintage sewing machine, which she kept busy making aprons for the Cathedral altar guild, mending, and making altar linens. Her work was beautifully done and Juliana had many other gifts. We thank you Lord for giving us Juliana.

From Janet Higbie

The Church Periodical Club

The Church Periodical Club is an independent, affiliated organization of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, dedicated to the worldwide Ministry of the Printed Word and to the Promotion of Christian Mission. It is the only organization in the Episcopal Church dedicated solely to providing free literature and related materials, both religious and secular, to people all over the world who need and request them and who have no other source for obtaining them.

See the CPC Web Site for more information

Daughters of the King


The Order of the Daughters of the King® is an order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church. Membership also includes women in the Anglican, Lutheran (ECLU) and Roman Catholic churches. The Order was founded in 1885 by Margaret J. Franklin at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in New York City (now the Church of the Resurrection).

Members undertake a Rule of Life, incorporating the Rule of Prayer and the Rule of Service. The mission of the Order is the extension of Christ’s Kingdom through Prayer, Service and Evangelism. 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.

The emblem of the Order is in the form of a modified Greek Fleury Cross inscribed in Latin, “Magnanimiter Crucem Sustime.” 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.”

There are one hundred seventy (170) Daughters of the King in the Indianapolis Diocesan Assembly. The members are divided into chapters from eleven parishes throughout the diocese. Due to increased mobility, a group of ten members called Daughters-at-Large, find themselves in parishes that do not have a Daughters chapter. Holy Family, Fishers, has our only chapter of Junior Daughters. These eight young women are girls from 7 to 21 years of age. They work and play to grow in their Christian faith and commitment through fellowship, prayer and Bible study.

Activities over the past year included the Fall Assembly and Meeting at Trinity, Bloomington on October 18th. In May, several members attended the Spring Retreat for Province V in Maria Stein, Ohio. In August, The Rev, Virginia Hall traveled to Guatemala and spent ten days introducing The Order of the Daughters of the King® to women in that country. Every three years The Order of the Daughters of the King® meets a week before the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. Our purpose is to pray for the delegates to convention, both in the decisions they make and for safe travel and most of all the unity of Christ’s church.

You may contact any of the Diocesan Assembly Officers listed below.

President: Carolyn Shupert
765 521-0802
Treasurer: Katherine Holtzleiter
765 642-6040
Vice-President: Dorinda Dick Jr.
317 564-4456
DOK Directress: Ruth Everett
317 385-1313
Secretary: Phyllis Nottingham Jr.
765 759-5347
DOK Directress: Kristine Canter
317 284-4025

The United Thank Offering (UTO)

The United Thank Offering is a program of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole Church, founded by and administered by women since 1889.

The United Thank Offering Committee is a spiritual and financial partner in the mission work of The Episcopal Church, through every person in every pew. UTO is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the United Thank Offering monies through grants. The Committee awards and administers these grants within the framework of the policies and procedures of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS) of The Episcopal Church.

Province V Representative to the ETO Board: Margaret “Peg” Cooper, Diocese of Missouri (see letter concerning this here)

See also: UTO Web Site


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