Why Alpha?

Alpha is a tool, a method of evangelization that is transforming lives in tens of thousands of Catholic parishes around the world. Alpha is offered through every Christian denomination in over 160 countries, introducing people to the life-changing message of Jesus. Over 29 million people around the world have heard the invitation of Jesus through Alpha. The latest release has captured the hearts of millions of the next generations, asking ‘Is there more to life than this?’


Find out what the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops says about using Alpha for evangelization in their document: "A Review of the Best Evangelization Methods and Resources Available for Parish Outreach Efforts"

What's So Special About Alpha...

Msgr Jerry Ringenback from Holbrook, NY responds to a common question:  "What's so special about Alpha and why are we doing it again?"


Intro to Alpha - Catholic Context Booklet 

An overview of Alpha, describing how it can work in the parish, with personal testimonies from guests and priests, endorsements from influential Catholic Church leaders, and FAQs about how to start running Alpha. An excellent resource for anyone considering running Alpha within a Catholic context.  Available for download or purchase.

Understanding 'Context'

The content of Alpha is always be the same.  Understanding the guests you hope to attract allows you to create the best context, being prepared to lead them towards God the Father through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Here are some keys to help you.

Download "Running Alpha in the Context of Your Catholic Church"

After Alpha

Alpha is just that--the beginning. Once folks experience Alpha, they understand who Jesus is and begin exploring their relationship with Him, but Jesus always leads us to more.  In other words, they have now been evangelized and are ready to be catechized.  The experience and community that has developed can continue using some of the many catechetical resources available to form Catholic disciples.  Download "After Alpha" for just a few examples of these  tools.

Barna Report

In 2016, Alpha International commissioned the Barna Group, a US-based reserach company, to conduct a global study on the impact of Alpha, where online surveys were completed by church leaders, course administrators, hosts and helpers, and guests of the end of the course.  See what parishes and guests thought and how Alpha impacted their lives and parishes! 


Ready to Preview?  Ready to Run Alpha?

Alpha Builder is where you can do both!   Preview all the videos and training content (watermarked) for free - all we ask is for your name and email.  Once you're ready to run your Alpha, follow the prompts to create and register your course!  From there you can get all the digital content needed to run Alpha - all the digital videos, training guides, and web resources are available - absolutely free!  You can even promote your course online, and potential guests can look for your Alpha at


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