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International Committee Contact: Emily Thrasher




The Talita Kum Chapter, the first Daughters of the King chapter in Mexico, was instituted on January 9, 2015, at Iglesia El Buen Pastor, Piedras Negras. The chapter was formed after Daughters from St. Luke’s Cypress Mill, West Texas, shared The Order with women at El Buen Pastor in 2014.


Institution of Talita Kum Chapter, Iglesia El Buen Pastor - January 9, 2015.

Six new Daughters were admitted, including Rev. Maria Elena Cristerna Daniel.

Among those present at the Service of Institution and Admission were:

The Presiding Bishop of Mexico, the Most Rev. Francisco Moreno, and his wife, Esperanza; Rev. Miguel Cristerna, Rector, and his wife Rev. Maria Elena; Rev. Tommy Bye, Rector of St. Luke's Cypress Mill, TX, and his wife, Connie; St. Luke's Daughters of the King who introduced The Order to El Buen Pastor; and National Council members, Missy Denney and Vivian Young.


Bishop Moreno said he had wanted Daughters in Mexico for twenty-five years but it just hadn't happened. He said that this was apparently God's time and place. Praise God!



Admission of Six New Daughters in Chihuahua

Six new Daughters of the King were admitted on October 29, 2019 at

Cristo Rey Church, Cuauthemoc City, Chihuahua, Mexico. Rev. Maria Elena

Cristerna assisted the Rector, Rev. Esaul Luna, in the admission of the

new Daughters to the John 3:16 Chapter.


Rev. Esaul Luna, Rector of Cristo Rey Church, and

Rev. Maria Elena Cristerna, National Chaplain of Mexico.



First Junior Chapter in Mexico


On December 11, 2018 at El Buen Pastor Church, Piedras Negras, eight young girls were admitted to the Talita Kum Junior  Chapter - the first Junior chapter in Mexico! The Primate of Mexico, the Most Rev. Francisco Moreno, admitted the girls, with the assistance of their Rector, Father Miguel Cristerna and Chaplain, Rev. Maria Elena Cristerna. The girls range in age from ten to fourteen and the president of the new chapter is Karol Ramirez. 

The Junior Daughters  have been serving the congregation  in many ways, including helping at receptions, passing out Christmas toys, visiting hospitals and cooking for refugees from Honduras. During the summer, the girls will be helping with Vacation Bible School in Piedras Negras, which reaches about 1,000 children. The new Junior Daughters have excellent leaders and mentors who will assist them as they are guided by the Holy Spirit.



Sixth Chapter in Mexico

On October 14, 2018 John 3:16 Chapter, the sixth chapter in Mexico, was instituted at Iglesia Cristo Rey in Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua. The Most Rev. Francisco Moreno, Primate of Mexico,  admitted the seven new Daughters of the King, assisted by Rev. Esaul Luna, Cristo Rey Rector, and Rev. Maria Elena Cristerna, National Chaplain of Mexico.


Rev. Maria Elena Cristerna (L) and Liaison to Mexico, Connie Bye,

(R) with the seven new Daughters at Iglesia Cristo Rey.



Rev. Maria Elena with the Primate of Mexico, Bishop Francisco Moreno


U.S. Triennial 2018

Rev. Maria Elena Cristerna, Mexico National Chaplain, was the keynote

speaker on International Night. All those attending were moved

by her lively, inspiring message.


In addition to Rev. Maria Elena, three other Daughters from Mexico

attended the Triennial: Isabel de Leon and Margarita Fabela

(2nd and 3rd from Left)and Lolys Huerta (Center.)



U.S. Triennial 2015

The representative from Mexico, The Rev. Maria Elena Cristerna, gave her testimony

of blessings received during the Triennial Gathering at the closing Eucharist service

Torch Prayer 2015

Six members of Talita Kum Chapter gathered in

March to pray the Triennial Torch Prayer.


Rev Marielena Daniel, new daughter and Chaplain for the charter,
lighting the fire towards the Triennial with St. Lukes Cypress Mill
(Diocese of West Diocese) daughters, Carolyn Davis (Chapter
President) Linda Appleton and Connie Bye.


Introduction of The Order in Mexico

In early 2014, Rev. Miguel Cristerna, Rector of Iglesia El Buen Pastor in Piedras Negras, attended a Diocese of West Texas conference and asked about Daughters of the King. St. Luke's Cypress Mill, Diocese of West Texas, had a long-term relationship with El Buen Pastor and the Daughters of St. Luke were excited about the possibility of sharing The Order with ladies there.

In October 2014, the St. Luke’s group attended one of the Study sessions and Padre Miguel asked that the two U.S. Daughters share their experiences. Connie Bye and Linda Appleton shared how God called and prepared them to become Daughters.


October 2014 - Daughters of the King Study meeting with

Padre Miguel. Linda Appleton and Connie Bye from

St. Luke's shared their experiences as Daughters.



Quiet Day in Preparation for Institution of First Chapter

At the completion of the Daughters of the King Study, Padre Miguel scheduled a Quiet Day for November 14, 2014 and invited daughters from St. Luke's to participate. St. Luke's Chapter President, Carolyn Davis, Vivian Young, National Council Member, Sally Smith, Linda Appleton, and Connie Bye attended the Quiet Day with Father Bye also assisting.


After scripture and meditation based on Mary’s example the group held a blanket with a cross on it and offered prayers. Women from two nations became one group of handmaidens of the Lord in a mysterious and wondrous way.


November 14, 2014 – A Quiet Day for prospective Daughters was

led by Padre Miguel, El Buen Pastor Rector, assisted by Father

Tommy Bye, Rector of St. Luke's Cypress Mill.

Rev. Maria Elena read a letter from National Daughters

of the King . President Pamela Runyon to the women who

had completed the Study.

Quiet Day ~ November 14, 2014
Praying as Handmaidens of the Lord

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