Catholic Context



One of the advantages of Alpha is that it focuses on Kerygma. In the ancient Church, there was a clear distinction between the Kerygma and the Didache, the catechesis. The Kerygma was the starting point of faith, and the catechesis had to form the faith. But faith in itself blossoms only by hearing the Kerygma.

- Father Raniero Cantalamessa, Preacher to the Papal Household


Alpha brings people closer and helps them to find that power which unites. The Alpha experience is not only a means through which one finds true life, but also a way to share the good news of the Living Christ.

--Cardinal Mark Ouellet - Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and President of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, Vatican


I recommend Alpha; an excellent method for the first proclamation of the gospel.

--Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno, President of the Brazilian Bishops’ Conference and Archbishop of Aparecida

Alpha is without doubt a great experience of new evangelisation.

- Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting The New Evangelisation

Through Alpha, and the testimonies of those who participate in their sessions and groups, faith is renewed, rekindled, takes root.

--Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity


"I have had the privilege of participating in various Alphas in Quebec and have witnessed how lives are changed and how the participants are touched by the teachings, witnessing and fellowship experienced during the course. The method is simple yet very effective. Small groups are definitely a key role to the success of this tool of the New Evangelisation."

- Cardinal Gérald Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec, Canada

"Our passion has been of Kerygmatic proclamation - the first announcement which leads a person to acknowledge Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior - by ordinary lay people in the ordinary life of the parish. We bear witness to you that wherever the name of Jesus is proclaimed with faith and love, together with listening and a simple and strong proclamation, the Lord accomplishes marvels; hearts are touched, lives are transformed, parish communities are renewed."

- Marc and Florence de Leyritz, Founders of Alpha France and Chairs of the Global Alpha Catholic Context Board

"Alpha is for meeting Jesus. What I like in all that I have seen and heard about Alpha is the simplicity. For me, the Christian life has something to do with simplicity, friendship, closeness and joy. That's what I feel about Alpha and I think that's a sign that it works and that it's given from the Lord."

- Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna, Austria

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In an age where there is so much confusion about moral questions, and when there are so many mixed messages, Alpha provides an important and useful means for learning about Christianity and the basic teaching of Jesus Christ.

--Cardinal George Pell, Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy and former Archbishop of Sydney


Many of our Catholic parishioners have benefited from Alpha by way of its building on their initial interest in the Church, as a pre-catechumenate experience, or for others, a renewal of their desire to more deeply understand and live their Catholic faith.

--Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston



Alpha is a treasure for evangelisation, especially of the youth. Many people have met Christ for the first time in their lives. Many have also had a first and foundational experience of the Holy Spirit, through which they have come back to the Church as a result. Some of those who had not been confirmed have been confirmed and long to know the Lord better and to collaborate in this wonderful task of making this treasure known to many.

--Bishop Xavier Novell, Bishop of Solsona and Co-Head of Youth for the Bishop’s Conference of Spain