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What is Alpha in a Catholic context?

Alpha answers the call to the New Evangelization as one of the most effective, efficient and affordable methods of evangelization today.
  • Barna Research shows that 50% of the guests that come on an Alpha course have an initial conversion or reversion, entering into a deep and personal relationship with God through Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Alpha can be lay-led so it does not tax our over-extended clergy.
  • Alpha is affordable; everything needed to run the course for a minimal one-time investment.
Alpha is a practical introduction to creedal Christianity over 10 weeks. Unique in its adult learning approach, Alpha meets participants where they are, starting with their questions.

Here is a link to a document that addresses some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about Alpha in a Catholic setting.

Designed for those on the fringes of their faith and those outside the Church, Alpha creates a non-threatening environment of hospitality allowing people to explore the claims of Christ against the backdrop of our culture. Alpha provides an opportunity to encounter the love of God in a personal relationship through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. Alpha focuses on the kerygma and the basic tenants the Christian faith.

Alpha also serves as a refresher course for practicing Catholics and a point of re-entry for lapsed Catholics.

Watch this video about Alpha's Impact:



Alpha works best as part of an ongoing process of evangelization and catechesis within a parish.

Benefits for the parish:
  • Alpha is easily implemented - all the necessary components are provided
  • Alpha is a proven method of evangelization and re-evangelization for the baptized.
  • Alpha feeds adult education programs (such as RCIA)
  • Alpha encourages people to become active in the life of the parish
  • Alpha builds community
  • Alpha builds outward looking parishes
"The Person who has been evangelized goes on to evangelize others."
Pope Paul VI - Evangelii Nuntiandi