DAUGHTERS GOING DEEPER IS A PROGRAM IN SPIRITUAL FORMATION
SPONSORED BY PROVINCE VII OF THE ORDER OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE KING
Below is a list of general expectations for those participating in this program to help you better evaluate whether this program is right for you at this time.
The program is divided into 24 sections. Each section is expected to take one month to complete.
Each section includes study material concerning the theme for that month, questions for personal reflection, and a practical exercise to carry out.
You will be assigned a mentor with whom you will talk about your responses to the questions for personal reflection, the books assigned, any problems you are having with the program, or other matters related to Daughters Going Deeper. You are expected to talk with your mentor at least twice a month. Your mentor is responsible for monitoring your participation in the program. She will hold the content of your conversations in confidence, but must report to the program administrators if, after counseling with you, you are unable to keep up with the program.
Your mentor will assign and discuss with you a total of 11 books over the course of the two years that the program runs. Each book will be related to some aspect of faith. Books will be chosen from a reading list approved by the committee overseeing Daughters Going Deeper.
You will be expected to have a spiritual director, or, if no suitable spiritual director is available, a spiritual companion with whom you can talk comfortably about matters relating to your relationship with God, prayer, and your deep spiritual longings. There is a section in the program that will help you better understand the role of a spiritual director/companion. You are expected to meet with this individual at least once a month. S/he does not have to be a Daughter. Conversations with this individual are privileged and confidential.
Dear Daughter of the King and sister in Christ,
When you start this program you are beginning a two-year program of intentional spiritual formation. This program
will require a good deal of work on your part and is not to be undertaken lightly. You will have a curriculum to read and reflect on, questions each month to answer in writing and talk about with your mentor, you will have spiritual exercises to discuss with your spiritual director. Your mentor, your spiritual director, and the others who are going through this
program with you, or have already completed it, will be praying for you. During these two years you should encounter God more deeply, become more discerning concerning how God is acting in your life, and become ever more open to the Holy Spirit who can, and will, mold you into what God has called you to become, Christ-like. You will also lay a foundation for continuing spiritual growth after you complete this program, perhaps with a continuing relationship of spiritual support with your mentor, your spiritual director, and those Daughters who have been your companions on this journey. So with faith that God will assist you in your effort because God wants you to enjoy His love to
the fullest, let us begin.
Daughters of the King is a spiritual formation program of Province VII written by The Rev. Dr. Michael Gemignani. The Program is administered by the Provincial Oversight Committee.
Chair - Brenda Amos
Vice Chair - Renate Walker
Secretary - Andrea Hale
Registrar - Judy Bordelon
Publications - Donna Meyer
Province President - Pat Hind
Province Chaplain - Fr. Mike Gemignani
About the author: Daughters Going Deeper was written by the Rev. Mike Gemignani. Fr.Mike has been both a diocesan and provincial chaplain for the Order of the Daughters of the King. He is a long-time spiritual director, chaired the Division of Spiritual Formation for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, and has had three books on spiritual formation published by Judson Press. He is an attorney, former university administrator, and has authored a total of
14 books in mathematics, computer science, law, and spiritual formation. He has been a professor of mathematics, computer science, and telecommunications. He has been an Episcopal priest for more than 35 years and was rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Freeport, TX, for some 16 years, where he also founded the Brazosport Medical Center. He is currently serving as Province VII Chaplain.