by Julia den Blaauwen
Daughters of the Holy Cross are women who have committed their lives to the work and service of our Lord Jesus Christ. We pray daily for our Church, its clergy, the Order and others in need. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and equipped with the powerful sword of truth as contained in the Holy Bible, we reach out to those who do not know Jesus to share his message of salvation through word and deed. We wear our cross as a symbol of Jesus’ sacrifice and our need for him to be Lord of our lives. In community with our sisters, we are strengthened and encouraged to keep our fourfold Vow of Prayer, Service, Study and Evangelism.
In 2009 a few Daughters of the King discerned the need to start an order within the ACNA that was separate from their TEC roots.
Under the patronage of Bishop Ackerman, the order has grown to approximately eighty Chapters throughout the USA and Canada. There are also many Daughters at Large in areas where no Chapter (minimum of three members) can be formed. In 2016 Bishop Donald Harvey from ANiC has taken over the role of patron.
A general assembly of all Daughters is held every three years at Our Lady of the Snows in Southern Illinois. The national leadership is elected and the Daughters come together in fellowship, worship, and study.
Christ Church Moline’s Chapter is one of the charter members. It is comprised at present of six women who meet once a month.
At our meetings, we discuss the four aspects of our mutual lives and the way in which we can support each other in our dedication to our rule of life. We pray and study together to discern how we can evangelize those whom God puts in our path and serve the community for the spread of the gospel.
There are two chapters of Daughters of the Holy Cross in the Diocese. One is in Moline, Il and the other in Largo, Fl. There is at least one Daughter at Large. We welcome all women of the diocese who would like to know more about being a Daughter to contact us at Christ Church or go online at www.daughtershc.org.