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The Grail (1937 - )

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Religious organisation
The Grail Centre 328 Cotham Rd Kew Vic. 3101 The Grail Centre 22 McHatton St North Sydney NSW 2060 Tel: (02) 9955 3053 Fax:(02) 9954 0697


The Grail is an international women's movement , which describes itself as 'a spiritual, cultural and social movement of women grounded in Christian faith and committed to the vision of a world transformed into a global community of justice and peace'. It was established in Sydney in 1937 after the arrival in 1936 of members of the Women of Nazareth, an international lay Catholic women's organisation with its headquarters in The Netherlands. It sought a new and significant role for lay women Catholics in the church. In the view of Sally Kennedy, author of Faith and Feminism, ( Sydney 1985), 'it combined a strong sense of women's potential in the Catholic Church with a realistic appraisal of women's powerlessness in it, and a high level of pragmatism to overcome this'. Its original focus was on the concept of specialised long-term training of youth leaders. Its focus is now 'upon women's education and personal development, on social and cultural critical analysis and organised action grounded in conviction'. It has centres in Sydney and Melbourne.

Sources used to compile this entry: Kennedy, Sally, Faith and feminism: Catholic women's struggles for self-expression, Studies in the Christian Movement, Sydney, 1985, 301 pp; , Organisations Who's Who The Grail, ID=80.

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Archival resources

The Grail Centre, Sydney

  • The Grail records, 1936; The Grail (1937 - ); The Grail Centre, Sydney. Details

Rosemary Francis

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