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Country Liaison: Mrs. Rita Dutta

Mrs. Rita Dutta

History

Shawnee Irwin, a Daughter from Western NC, traveled to India at the end of January, 2010 to introduce The Order to women at St. Michael's Church in the Diocese of Durgapur, West Bengal. The Rev. Janet Echols, a DOK and teacher in Pune, India,  traveled across the country to help begin the Study. Women of Faith Chapter, the first DOK chapter in India, was instituted on November 25, 2010. The second chapter, Women of Hope, was instituted in 2013.

Women of Faith Chapter

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(L to R) The Rev. Swagata Das, Archana Dey, Rita Dutta,
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Probal Kanto Dutta, Lorraine Kobiraj, Supra Sirha,
Nita Pyne, Sangita Lippirt
 at the institution of the Women of Faith Chapter
at St. Michaels Church in Durgapur, India on November 25, 2010.

 

Women of Hope Chapter

 

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The Rt. Rev. Dr. Probal Dutta and the Rev. Amiya Das officiated at the institution of the Women of Hope Chapter, Bankura, on February 3, 2013. Shawnee Irwin was with them for the institution.

Daughters at the annual Women's Convention

Past U.S. National President Grace Sears and Judy Bordelon, Assistant International Chair, traveled to India in October, 2018 to visit Daughters of the King in the Church of North India.  They were invited by Bishop Probal Dutta and Mrs. Rita Dutta to speak about The Order at the annual Women’s Conventionin Durgapur, attended by 300 women.  Durgapur Daughters helped plan the convention, made presentations and led workshops. The theme of the Convention was  Women and the Armour of God.

Grace and Judy received a warm welcome from Mrs. Rita Dutta and Mrs. Archana Dey, and the children who reside at St. Michael's presented them with necklaces of marigolds.

 

On Sunday, October 28, the Daughters of the King in Durgapur held a service of admission for 11 Junior Daughters and two senior Daughters. It was a time of great joy! Grace and Judy had the privilege of presenting crosses to the new Daughters.  

 

Two new Daughters,  Mrs. Manisha Solomon and Mrs. Jhampa Ray, were admitted to The Order.

 

New Junior Daughters singing with Women of Faith Chapter

 

Women of Hope Chapter from Bankura with Grace Sears.

 

Daughters' Joyful Service                                  Preparation for Manju's Wedding

Daughters of the King have worked tirelessly to bring about positive changes in the lives of underprivileged children in the slums of Durgapur. Their efforts have culminated with many children completing High School and several going on to college. In 2017 they had the joy of helping one of the rescued children, Manju Tudu, prepare for her wedding.  Manju was rescued by the Diocese when she was a child of 8, after being sold by her mother to a trafficker. When her mother passed away several years ago, Manju made the Durgapur hostel her home. Manju has come a long way from her humble beginnings. She accepted Christ as her Savior in 2015 and now works as an assistant teacher in St. Peter’s School, Durgapur.

 

      In September 2017 Manju was engaged to Lucas Nath, a staff member in the Diocesan family and the caretaker of St. Michael’s and All Angels’ Cathedral. Their wedding date was December 20, 2017. The Daughters of the King assumed the responsibility of organizing Manju’s wedding to Lucas and all the members provided her wardrobe and her wedding essentials. Manju is a Junior Daughter of the King and therefore, a very integral part of the community. It was with great excitement and enthusiasm that the Daughters prepared for her wedding.

 

 

US Triennial 2015


Mrs. Rita Dutta (right) and Mrs. Archana Dey represented India at the 2015 Triennial in Midway, Utah.

 

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