Grail women express their commitment to justice, solidarity and peace through their daily living and through collective action, including participation in national and international networks.
The Grail produces a 4-page bi-monthly Bulletin - Global Justice Overcoming Poverty - which provides up-to-date information and reflection on trade, human trafficking and ecological justice. To be added to the mailing list for GJOP, or to find out more about our work in the areas below please Contact Us.
The involvement of the Australian Grail in Papua New Guinea began with one Grail woman working as a lay missionary in Wewak in the late 1950s.
Through the 1970s when the Grail organised a series of Pacific Summer Schools for young people in the Pacific Island nations, a number of young PNG women began asking for the Grail in their country.
Groups formed and were helped to develop by a number of Australian Grail members. The Grail is now in five provinces of Papua New Guinea. Over the years, Grail women in both countries have formed strong friendships with one another and continue to collaborate in programs of leadership development, deepening spirituality and specific training. Grail women in PNG who have undertaken the Training for Transformation program use their skills to educate local communities about HIV/AIDS and to empower women living in situations of domestic violence.
We are intensely aware of how international trade agreements can impact with great injustice on people who have no voice in them, especially those with the least economic and political power.
For this reason, the Grail is represented in the Working Group of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET), which comprises community organisations, unions, church groups and individuals who campaign for fair trade based on human rights, labour rights and environmental sustainability.
The Grail is a member of a number of networks that are taking action against the trafficking of women both in Australia and overseas. We support and are members of Australian Catholic Religious against the Trafficking of Humans (ACRATH)
Please contact us if you would like to be involved.
Grail women are concerned about the ecological crisis threatening our planet today.
We are aligned with and participate in networks such as the Faith Ecology Network (FEN) and Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC). We seek to learn ecological insights from the various faith traditions, from the dialogue between science and religion and to develop a new ethic which promotes a simple lifestyle and sustainable future for all.
The Personal Journal is the work of a group of Sydney Grail women. The project arose from a 2012 Grail seminar led by Grail member - Elizabeth Lee - who was then a prison chaplain at a Sydney remand centre. The seminar highlighted the many needs of inmates, one of which was for writing material.
The journal follows the model of the Prison Journal project by Sr Joan Chittister OSB, whereby for every journal purchased by someone on 'the outside', one would be donated free to someone on 'the inside'.
The journal contains inspiring quotations and photographs, with lined and unlined pages for writing and drawing. All 1000 copies of the 2013 edition of the journal were sold, and copies distributed to inmates in New South Wales prisons, where they have been valued by those who have used them. A new edition of the journal is now available for purchase.
To order a copy of the 2015 journal ($10) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Partnership with St Teresa of Avila Secondary School, Tanzania
The call for the girl-child to have education opportunities in countries of the global ‘south’ has resounded around the world for decades.
In answer to this call, Grail women in Tanzania built a secondary boarding school for girls, St Teresa of Avila, in Mwanga, Tanzania. St Teresa’s opened in 2009 and now has 600 students.
In 2011 a senior staff member from St Teresa’s visited the Sydney Grail and worked with Sydney Grail member, Fran Warner in a mentoring program at Bethany College, Hurstville. This exchange followed a visit by Fran and her husband Bill to East African Grail Centres in 2006, during which time they worked with Grail members in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya.
Australian Grail members and friends provided financial support for the construction and running of St Teresa’s.