Archbishop Reece of Kingston, Jamaica Requests Alpha Training
Deacon Steve Mitchell, National Director of Alpha for Catholics in the USA recently returned from leading a Global Alpha Training (GAT) event in Kingston, Jamaica. The GAT was coordinated at the invitation of Archbishop Reece. One hundred delegates from 22 parishes in Kingston attended the event. With an alarming number of teenagers joining local gangs, priests in Kingston are very keen to use Youth Alpha as a tool to transform the young society. It was evident that God was at work, preparing the hearts of the parish leaders whose hearts are burning with a desire to share the good news of Jesus and were looking for just the right method and tool to make their desire a reality.
“It is very encouraging when the Archbishop of Kingston invites an Alpha team to come in and train all his parishes on how to run successful Alpha courses for Catholics. It is a real shot in the arm and creates excitement for Alpha in the US among Catholic leaders that learn of our experience in Kingston,” notes Steve.
Steve and the Advisors from Trinidad and Tobago who were assisting with the GAT presentations were so surprised at the eagerness and number of lay people, who showed up with great enthusiasm after a long work week for the training. The time spent with Archbishop Reece, as well as the GAT attendees were a highlight for the team. One memorable attendee was a young blind man who faithfully attended each training session to take this incredible tool back to his blind community.
“It is simply inspiring to see the enthusiasm and hard work that goes into these sessions. You come back with a renewed spirit,” said Steve.
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