Equipping your parish in its mission to help people encounter Jesus

Alpha is a multi-week course, online or in person, that creates a space where people come and discuss life’s big questions.

In 2019, over 5,600 Catholic parishes and organisations around the world ran Alpha with an estimated 310,000 participants.

Watch this short video to find out more about the impact of Alpha around the world.

What is Alpha?

Alpha is a parish tool for evangelisation 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. Each session has three key ingredients:

Hospitality

Whether in person over a meal or virtually with a coffee, all sessions start with a time to connect, relax and build friendships. Eating food together creates space for people to connect and share life on a deeper level.

Talk

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?

Discussion

The discussion time is an opportunity for people to respond to the talk, hear from others and contribute their own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment.

Hyères Parish Story

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

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 evangelising 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

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Endorsements

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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.