The Grail

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THE GRAIL

The Grail Centre Trust

The Grail Centre Trust is based in Kleinmond, Western Cape. This Non-Profit Organisation delivers two programmes, namely Training for Transformation and Mthimkhulu Community Development Programme. In addition, The Grail Centre Conference and Retreat Centre can accommodate groups of up to 40 people.  The Cape Town Grail Centre Trust was formalized with Not for Profit registration in 2004.  Read more 

The Grail in South Africa

The Grail was formally established in South Africa in 1950 and established in Cape Town in 1992. However, in Johannesburg a group of young South African women was gathering since 1936, encouraged by some priests, who had had contact with the Grail in England. Originally the Grail was a Catholic organisation, but in the 60’s women from different denominations were invited to join, and the movement became ecumenical. As one law after another entrenched racial injustice throughout the country during the 50’s and 60’s, Grail members became increasingly involved in efforts to raise consciousness about injustice. Read more

The international Grail Movement

The international Grail is a movement and community of women of different cultures, social backgrounds and generations from 18 countries. It started in 1921 in Holland. In the International Assembly of 2011 (Kleinmond, South Africa), the following International Grail Vision Statement was accepted:

“We are an international movement and community of women
of different cultures, social backgrounds and generations.
We trust in the Spirit of God, Mystery and Source of Life.
We are called to create a sustainable world,
transforming our planet into a place of peace and justice.


We acknowledge that we are part of the whole of creation,
striving to live simply and to nurture a culture of care for all the earth.
We are determined to look for signs of hope in a complex world.


We are strengthened by the compassionate energy and creative action of women
Born in the Catholic tradition, the movement is grounded
in the Christian faith and challenged by
the radical call of the teachings of Jesus.
Today we are women of various religious traditions
and on life-giving spiritual journeys.
And we share the same Grail vision.

We recognize that in each of our Grail countries, our expressions of faith,
religion and spirituality reflect our own realities and cultures.
We respect and acknowledge these differences.
Recognizing the global realities we confront,
we are committed to growing together and learning from
one another’s wisdom, experience and spiritual search.” 
International Grail