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The Grail Records

Identifier: GRL

Scope and Content

Documents dating circa 1921 to circa 1993, divided into five general categories: International, National, Grailville, Special Projects, and Publications; including lectures presented by Grail founder, Jacques van Ginneken, S.J., and international and U.S. Grail leaders; correspondence and program material from Grail teams and centers located in Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin American, Europe, and the Middle East; program material from U.S. city centers and three major U.S. residential centers (Loveland, OH, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, and San Jose, CA); reflections on the purpose and goals of a group of celibate members known as the “nucleus”; magazines, books, and pamphlets published by the Grail, documenting contributions to the lay apostolate, the role of women, liturgical renewal, ecumenism, and rural life; documentation of the changes from exclusively Roman Catholic membership to inclusion of women from other faiths and from a hierarchical to lateral structures; documentation of para-liturgies, dramas, songs, and celebratory rituals; and documentation of a progressive development towards feminist theology and feminist undergraduate and graduate education.

This is a preliminary inventory, based on finding aids or packing lists sent by the donor. Gaps in numbering generally correspond to boxes that have not yet been sent.


  • Creation: 1921-2015.


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Conditions Governing Access

Governed by contract. Items AGRL R2 97411 and AGRL R2 97759 are restricted from access.


The Grail is an international women's movement committed to spiritual search, social transformation, global solidarity, ecological sustainability, and the release of women's creative energy throughout the world -- bonded in action, solidarity, and faith, working in 17 countries, as individuals and Grail groups, interconnecting regionally, nationally and internationally. (Source: The Grail US website. See


300 linear feet

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by The Grail, Loveland, Ohio.

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The Grail Records
University of Notre Dame Archives
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Part of the University of Notre Dame Archives Repository

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