Global Catholic Alpha Board Chairs, Marc and Florence de Leyritz, were invited to represent Alpha at the 2012 Synod on the New Evangelisation in Rome and to give an intervention together in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI and over 300 Catholic Bishops from around the world. Here is an extract* from their presentation:
‘We thank you for the invitation to bring the witness of a couple. We are a couple who have worked for 15 years in the first announcement of the Gospel with Alpha and in the formation of lay leaders for the New Evangelisation.
Our passion has been the Kerygmatic proclamation – the first announcement which leads a person to acknowledge Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour – 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.
With Alpha, 23 million people have been through an experience which touches the mind but also the heart and the will. Many ask for baptism and join the local Christian community, hundreds of thousands of evangelisers are born. Wherever you trust lay people, encouraging them to announce the Kerygma, they themselves grow in their life of faith in witness of Jesus. They themselves have the joy of seeing their friends, their neighbours and their parents enter salvation.’
Vatican, October 17, 2012
*Visit zenit.org for more information on the Synod, including Marc and Florence’s full intervention.