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 two bi-monthly Bulletins providing up-to-date information and reflection on the general theme of Global Justice Overcoming Poverty (GJOP). One focuses on global trade, human trafficking and ecological justice. The other is sub-titled Pacific Outlook and gives voice to the concerns, needs and achievements of the small island nations of the Pacific region.
To be added to the mailing list for GJOP, or to find out more about our work in the areas below please Contact Us.
Leadership for Women in Papua New Guinea
The involvement of the Australian Grail in Papua New Guinea (PNG) began with one when two young women went to work working as a lay missionary missionaries i Wewak in the late 1950s. This was in response to an invitation to The Grail from Bishop Arkveld, svd, to contribute to the mission of the church in PNG.
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 a Training for Transformation program have used 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 engaged with others in taking action against human trafficking 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 an ongoing 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, including aids to reflection and expression of thoughts and ideas.
The journal contains inspiring quotations and photographs, with lined and unlined pages for writing and drawing. All copies published to date have been sold or distributed in correctional centres in New South Wales, where they have been valued by those who have used them.
The journal was inspired by the Prison Journal project by Sr Joan Chittister OSB, in the USA : for every journal purchased by someone on 'the outside', one would be donated free to someone on 'the inside'.
To order a copy of the journal ($10) email: firstname.lastname@example.org