Germany

History and Situation

From the very beginning in 1921 Agnes Feldhege, a German, was one of the Firstlings to join the Women of Nazareth, who later became the International Grail. In 1932 Dutch Grail women started the Grail in Berlin. In a time of economic depression, high unemployment and political upheaval the Grail opened a new perspective for young women to actively proclaim the good news of the Christian faith. Based on their spiritual enthusiasm their performance of the central Christian mysteries in dance and choruses was a strong message into a secular world. Being part of an international youth movement the verdict of the Nazi Government ended their work. In 1938 the Dutch members had to leave Germany.

Alberta Luecker started the Grail anew right after World War II in 1945. Grail groups gathered Bonn, Cologne and Duesseldorf. The focus was on women and their part in the renewal of a living faith and concrete involvement in rebuilding a value-based democratic society. Grail Centers started work in Muenster (1957), Munich (1960) and Muelheim (1962). Numbers of professionally qualified women received training and went to serve in international Grail projects, mainly in East Africa. In 1972 a project with migrant women and children started in Duisburg to further their integration in Germany by unfolding their language, human and social capacities.

As Grail women in a highly structured society many brought their competencies to groups of civil society, in public and church involvements. Preference was given to fields of integration of migrants and foreign students, church renewal in social/pastoral work, e.g. with teenage or single mothers and at the local level in many voluntary activities as demanded by the needs of people and the competence of the Grail women. Grail involvement was ecumenically oriented, often based on Bible studies together. Alberta Luecker was a founding member of the interreligious movement “World Religions for Peace” (1971). Today Grail Women, though most of them are retired, believe in the charisma of the Grail to gather and inspire women of all ages and together searching creatively for new ways of making our world a better place for all to live in justice and solidarity.

Projects and Programmes

German Grail members and – friends meet monthly in three affinity groups where they  discuss and exchange on questions concerning spirituality, political, social, economical, ecumenical and church related issues. Participants support each other and encourage responsible involvement  bringing an outlook of worldwide solidarity to the local situation.
The International Initiative Hochfeld (IIH) in Duisburg is the centre for a deeply human and politically efficient work for and with migrant workers and their families. The Grail, founding the project, is still involved financially and through Silvana Ferraguti and Gerda Kaufmann active on the Board of Directors. Work with international University students, meetings of members and friends in Advent and for Pentecost with a theme in Mülheim, participation in the Africa Day in Ingolstadt, national programs with Grail related topics (a.o. Effata) and a national meeting (Arbeitskreis) are regular programs. Because of their Grail commitment many members participate in various activities of dioceses, parishes, NGOs and task forces, which in return give to the Grail visibility and life.

National Secretariat: Duisburger Straße 442, D 45478 Mülheim, Germany
Telephone: +49 208 51647
Fax: +49 208 598824        
Web site: www.grail-germany.de

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