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Transitioning to Senior Daughters
After prayerful consideration, a Junior Daughter may transition to a senior Daughter at 16 years old. Transitioning is a very personal and often challenging decision. It is important that she discuss this decision with her Directress, the senior chapter president, and her parents. While her Directress should take the lead role in encouraging her, it is very important that all Daughters offer their support and encouragement as she prayerfully decides to become a senior member.
Below are the steps Junior Directresses and/or senior chapter presidents can take to help make this a smooth transition.
Assign the Junior Daughter a Senior Daughter Mentor
The mentor will guide the Junior Daughter through the transition process. Information the mentor can provide includes:
Things the mentor can do for her include:
Have a Transition Study Period
The Policies for Junior Daughters (found in the Junior Daughters Handbook) require a period of study, or discernment, for the transition. The transitioning Junior Daughter, Junior Directress and/or senior chapter president should agree upon which form of study she should take.
· A review of The National Handbook and Bylaws of the Order
Fill Out All Necessary Paperwork and Order A Senior Cross
All forms and checks should be submitted to the National Office.
With help from her mentor or the Junior Directress, the transitioning Junior Daughter must:
Hold the Service of Transition
The service should be arranged by her mentor, Junior Directress, and/or chapter president along with the clergy. Found on The Services of the Order page and in both the Junior and senior Handbooks, The Junior Directress Manual, and A Daughter's Book of Services, this service is for Junior Daughters who are to be admitted into The Order as senior members. It is a beautiful service that honors their time as Juniors while making their vows as a senior Daughter.
To review, a transitioning Junior Daughter should: