The Girls Friendly Society Ministry Network

The Girls’ Friendly Society (GFS) of the United States of America is part of an international, faith-based organization for girls and women. We are a community serving through Christ.


Our purpose is to support and encourage God’s mission of reconciliation and restoration among Spanish-speaking and culturally Hispanic/Latino people in the ECCT by sharing resources, advocacy, GFS-USA is an organization within the Episcopal Church and an affiliate organization of the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) as well as a member of the World Council of GFS. The Girls Friendly Society was founded in London in 1875.

We believe in the value of each human being and the richness of a diverse community. GFS welcomes all girls and women of any age, race, religion and nationality.provides ministry to girls in a safe and accepting environment where Christ’s love is evident.

Meeting and Contact Information:

Primary contact for Ministry NetworkMrs. Karen Rowe
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Secondary contact for Ministry NetworkLois Frankforter, Esq.
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Active Parishes:

  • St. Luke’s, New Haven
  • Grace & St. Peter’s, Hamden
  • St Paul’s, Wallingford

Other Partners: Episcopal Church Women; GFS World; Women’s Ministry Network

Other Information: The Rev. Rowena Kemp, priest-in-charge of Grace Church, Hartford, serves as chaplain to the Girls Friendly Society.