Julia Chester Emery

Julia Chester Emery was the National Secretary of the Women's Auxiliary of the Board of Missions for forty years, from 1876 to 1916. A commemoration in her honor is celebrated on January 9 on the Calendar of saints of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America.[1]

Emery's father was a New England sea captain. Two of her brothers became priests. Her sister Mary preceded Julia as National Secretary of the Auxiliary and served from 1872 to 1876.

During her time as National Secretary, Julia visited every diocese in the United States, coordinating and encouraging work in support of missions. She traveled to London as a delegate to the Pan-Anglican Congress. She traveled to Japan, China, Hong Kong and the Philippines to advance missionary work there, and to be able to report on it to the Episcopal women in the United States.[2]

She founded the United Thank Offering (UTO). This worked by giving each woman a small box with a slit in the top and encouraging her to drop a small contribution in to it whenever she felt thankful for something. Once a year, the women of the parish presented these at a Sunday service. The money was sent to national headquarters to be used for missions.


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  1. Lesser Feast and Fasts: 2006 (Church Publishing, 2006)
  2. Brightest and Best: A Companion to the Lesser Feasts and Fasts by Sam Portaro (Cowley, 2001)


  • Brightest and Best: A Companion to the Lesser Feasts and Fasts by Sam Portaro (Cowley, 2001).
  • Lesser Feast and Fasts: 2006 (Church Publishing, 2006).

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