Equipping your parish in its mission to help people encounter Jesus

Alpha is an 11-week course that creates a space, online or in person, where people are excited to bring their friends for a conversation about Jesus.

Impacting Catholics Worldwide

We estimate that in 2021 alone, more than 4,000 Catholic parishes and organizations globally ran Alpha reaching an estimated 279,238 participants. Watch this short video to see more about the impact being felt around the world when Catholic organizations partner with Alpha.

What is Alpha?

Alpha is a parish tool for evangelization where everyone is welcome. The same Alpha content is run all over the world, by Christians of all traditions, sharing the good news of Jesus.

What We Do

Alpha helps create a space for honest conversation around some of life’s biggest questions. It is designed to provide guests an opportunity to connect with one another while providing the opportunity to share thoughts, ideas, and opinions in a safe and caring environment. Alpha helps bring people together while providing the chance to encounter Jesus.  

Each session has three key ingredients:

Connection

Whether it’s a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table or a quick online catch-up, times of connecting are important. All sessions start with a time of connection—over a meal in person, or virtually with a favorite beverage—to relax and build friendships.

Content

The Alpha talks are designed to engage people from all walks of life and inspire conversation. They explore the big issues of life and faith and unpack the basics of Christian belief, addressing questions like “Who is Jesus?”, “Why and how do I pray?”, and “How does God guide us?”

Conversation

One of the most important parts of any Alpha is the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic in a small group format. Guests hear from others and have an opportunity to contribute/share in a judgment-free environment.

Jeff and Amanda’s Story

Alpha offers a very human, nonthreatening door for everyone to enter. I encourage people to try this model of evangelization.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle,
Archbishop of Manila

Alpha is not a silver bullet; it’s a tool. When used as part of a larger pastoral strategy, it is the best tool that I’ve found for jump-starting and sustaining parish renewal.

Fr James Mallon,
Author and founder of Divine Renovation

We have lost the art of evangelizing those who don’t know the gospel at all. Alpha is re-training us how to do that.

Doctor Mary Healy,
Professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit

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Parish Impact

Alpha in the life of your parish

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Catholic Stories

Watch stories of transformation

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Endorsements

See who recommends Alpha

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After Alpha

Alpha is just the beginning. Once guests experience Alpha, they understand who Jesus is and can start to explore their relationship with him.



Questions about running Alpha in the Catholic context?

Contact us!

Joshua Danis

National Director
Alpha USA, Catholic Context

Monica Martinez

Associate Director
Alpha USA, Catholic Context

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