Welcome to Alpha at St. John Brebeuf!

What is Alpha?

Alpha is a program of faith exploration. It is specially designed for people who have questions about faith, or who might have stepped away from their faith. All questions are welcome and everyone is welcome, no matter what your background.

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Thursdays, 7:00-8:00 pm

Beginning January 7, 2021

Held online, via Zoom

To register:

Click here to register online

Or call the Parish Office at 847-966-8145

After you register, a member of our Alpha team will get in touch to answer any questions.

If you have questions, please contact Liz McGowen in the Parish Office, 847-966-8145 or


More about Alpha

Alpha is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open, and informal environment. 

Alpha started in 1977 in England, in a church called Holy Trinity Brompton. It was originally used as a course for new Christians or those new to the church. In 1991, a young pastor named Nicky Gumbel took over leading Alpha, and he observed that it was effective at connecting with people outside of the church.


Alpha focuses on fostering relationships between people. It intentionally creates a safe environment where people can share their opinions and points of view, no matter what they might be. Today, it is estimated that over 30 million people have done Alpha globally.


Here at St. John Brebeuf, a small pilot group began meeting in spring 2019. In Fall 2019, we offered our first Alpha session and had 35 participants. We began another Alpha session on February 24, 2020, but it was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


For our Winter 2021 Session, we will meet online via Zoom. It is open to everyone, and we invite you to join us!


What do people say about their Alpha experience?

“It was wonderful! I looked forward to each weekly meeting and connecting with newfound friends interested in learning about their faith. I learned a lot from the presentations. The food was great, too. It was low stress and I liked that I didn’t have to prepare and could just be.”

“I was not sure what Alpha was all about and how effective it would be. It was a good experience. Great discussions. Helped deepen my faith.”

We hope you will join us! Please call 847-966-8145 or sign up online at so we know how many people to expect!



Note: If you are not able to join Alpha for the Spring session but would still like to be involved, we invite you to join our Alpha Prayer Group. This group prays for our participants, for the team, and for the success of the program. Please email if you are interested.

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