The Funds of the Order

Prayer for the Self Denial Fund

 

O God, who summons the church and her faithful to be the messenger of Your Gospel, receive the gifts of Your Daughters to hasten Your message of Love to the ends of the earth. Open our hearts and enable our service to reflect Your glory, awakening the light of Your presence in the lives of others. In Your name, our Lord and King, Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves and our petitions. AMEN.

In September 1922, at National Convention in Portland Oregon, a resolution was adopted setting February 2, as a special day for the ingathering of the Self Denial Fund. This is significant because February 2, forty days after the birth of our Lord and Savior, is the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple.

 

Throughout the year, Daughters set aside funds that might otherwise be used for something else. After prayer, the funds are donated to the Self Denial Fund. Some chapters collect “denial funds” each month that are then forwarded to the national office. These funds are used to support missionaries and missions around the world for both senior and Junior Daughters.

 

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult to travel, so many missions that involved traveling out of the country were postponed. The Order, through the Self Denial Fund supported missions both in the United States and our International Daughters chapters. As COVID-19 began to impact our country, it did so throughout the world as well. In the United States, we have organizations established to help in emergencies. In many countries, organized support does not exist. Subsequently, we learned from our Sisters that many people were suffering from food insecurity and did not have access to Personal Protection Devices (PPD). The Executive Board of The Order decided to support our sister chapters. Requests for funding came from Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Malawi, Mexico, Panama, Spain, and Uganda. Each Chapter received $1,000 to purchase food and staples.

 

Many thanks to members of the International Committee: Lindy Kirk, Pam Runyon, Emily Thrasher, Grace Sears, and our very capable national office staff including Lynn Kimbrell, Michelle Sabbato, and Ronda Albright, who worked feverishly to help get the funds out quickly.

 

Katherine Marshall-Polite

Self Denial Fund Chair

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