15JanFirst DOK Convocation chapter in Germany has Orlando roots

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In mid-December, The Daughters of the King in Central Florida received an unusual request for help as preparations were underway for the institution of a new chapter in Augsburg, Germany — the first at German churches of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe (www.tec-europe.org).

There was one chapter in in Paris for a short time, but this will be the only chapter in Europe at the moment. There also had been a military chapter in Germany until the base closed last year. 
 
For the new chapter, a group of four women at St. Boniface, Augsburg, had completed the required study and were ready to be installed. It was unlikely that Daughters from the United States would be able to join them for the service there.

But their Vicar, the Rev. Dennis Krumlauf and his wife, Jane, were in Orlando in January. The asked that the new chapter be instituted at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Orlando – including issuing the traditional crosses for prospective Daughters – so their admission service could be held upon their return to Germany in February.

With the help of Rosemarie Valentine, the Daughters’ Regional Coordinator in Europe, who winters in Stuart, FL and the International Chair, Emily Thrasher, the institution was arranged.

Krisita Jackson, Diocesan President of the Daughters of the King, called Dean Anthony Clark of the Cathedral, relaying Rev. Krumlauf’s request that the presentation of the charter be done at the Cathedral.

“We requested permission for a time and space to have this chapter’s charter presented in a formal setting,” Ms. Jackson said. “In very short order, a reply was received not just with permission but with plans formalized to make this presentation. As it turned out, Rev. Krumlauf was well known at the Cathedral. He was ordained there and served eight months on its staff before taking a position in the convocation of Europe about a year ago!”

On Sunday, January 13th during the 10:15 Eucharist, the charter of the Gifts of the Spirit Chapter at St. Boniface Church was presented to Rev. Krumlauf by Rosemarie Valentine and Krisita Jackson. Several Daughters from Central Florida chapters were present to support the Krumlaufs.

The crosses for the four new Daughters were presented to be blessed by Pierre Whalon, Bishop of the Convocation of American Churches in Europe. It was a historic and momentous occasion, one that the Daughters of the King in Central Fl and the Cathedral Church were proud to be part of.

“In a sense, events had come full circle,” Ms. Jackson said. “A ministry started here in Orlando at our Cathedral with the ordination of Rev. Krumlauf made a great leap spiritually.”

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