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The Grail is an international women's movement committed to spiritual search, social transformation, ecological sustainability, and the release of women's creative energy throughout the world. We are bonded in action, solidarity, and faith, working in 20 countries, as individuals and Grail groups, interconnecting regionally, nationally and internationally.

Called by our spiritual values, The Grail envisions a world of peace, justice and renewal of the earth, brought about by women working together as catalysts for change. The Grail is a membership organization.

The Grail in the U.S. empowers women to work for world transformation by:

  • building bridges among diverse faith traditions and spiritual paths

  • advancing peace, justice and a world free from military dominance

  • fostering international exchange and solidarity

  • challenging economic systems that put at risk the most vulnerable, especially women and children

  • creating communities for a sustainable future

  • celebrating the arts as a means for personal and societal transformation

The Grail began in Holland in 1921 as a Catholic lay organization, called The Women of Nazareth. It was founded by a Jesuit priest, Jacques van Ginneken (1877-1949), but from its beginning, women directed The Grail. They staged massive, colorful rallies and enacted religious dramas, working with young women in Holland, England, and Germany.

In May 1940, two Dutch Grail women, Lydwine van Kersbergen (1904-1998) and Joan Overboss (1910-1969), came to the United States. They began their work as The Grail at Doddridge Farm, a summer camp in Libertyville, Illinois. In 1944, The Grail, which had grown to sixteen women, moved to a farm in Loveland, Ohio (near Cincinnati). This farm is now Grailville.

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