Alpha is a retreat designed to foster and enrich relationships in all areas of life. Alpha Teen retreats are for teens in 11th and 12th grade of high school. There are also retreats for those 18 years of age or older. For more information on Adult retreats, click on the Adult Retreats link to the left.
Retreats are held at designated retreat centers in the Orlando area. Alpha Teen retreats are held in early spring of each year.
The retreat staff is comprised of a priest and trained Alpha personnel. Retreats are open to those interested in emotional and spiritual growth who desire to deepen their relationships with themselves, with God, and with others.
What kind of retreat is Alpha?
Alpha is specifically designed to be an interactive, experiential retreat.
What happens on an Alpha retreat?
Small group sharing, individual reflection time, group activities, presentations, prayer, and liturgical celebrations are all part of the Alpha experience.
What is the length of the retreat?
The retreat begins on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. and ends Sunday evening around 5:30 p.m.
What if I can't commit to the entire time frame? Can I miss part of the retreat?
No. Due to the nature of the retreat, you must be present for the entire weekend from opening activities on Friday evening to closing activities on Sunday.
How do I sign up?
You can now register online! Click Here and complete the registration form. Print a copy of the parental release form at the bottom of this page and send a signed copy along with a check payable to Alpha for $85 to
POST OFFICE BOX 780003, ORLANDO, FL 32878-0003
at least two weeks prior to the retreat. Acceptance for the weekend is first come first served. Weekends are limited in size and fill up quickly so early registration is recommended. Registration deadline is 2 weeks prior to the retreat date. If you are having trouble with the online registration please print out and complete the application form below and send it (along with the signed parental release form) to the above address.
***PLEASE NOTE: The signed release form is required for all teens and must be received for a teen to attend the weekend. If you choose to register online, the release form must still be filled out and sent to the address listed above.
What happens after I send in my application?
A confirmation letter with a map to the retreat site and additional information will be mailed to you.
What do I need to bring?
Casual clothes (jeans, shorts, tennis shoes, etc.) and soap/personal toiletries. Bed linens or a sleeping bag, pillows, towels, and washcloths are also necessary. Beds and mattresses will be provided. A full list of needed and recommended items is provided with registration confirmation.
What if I need to cancel?
The fee for the registration is refundable with notice of cancellation two weeks in advance, minus a $5.00 processing fee. Cancellation during the immediate two weeks prior to the retreat will result in credit of fee to another retreat weekend on a space available basis. In the event that the cancellation spot can be filled by another retreatant, monies will be refunded minus the $5.00 fee. Should Alpha cancel the retreat due to unforeseen circumstances, all monies will be fully refundable.
What does the retreat cost cover?
The retreat cost covers lodging, supplies, and meals (B/L/D on Sat. and B/L on Sun.). Limited financial assistance is available for those applying with financial hardships.
Can the same application be used for the adult retreat and the teen retreat?
No, there are two different application forms. However, both adults and teens can register online using the links to the left. Teen registration forms can be downloaded using the files below. Adult registration forms can be found on the Adult Retreats webpage.
Who are the priests who work with the Alpha program?
At the present time, the priests working directly with the Alpha program are Fr. Leo Hodges, Fr. Kent Walker and Fr. Ralph Duwell. Many other priests in the Orlando Diocese also support and assist the Alpha program.
What if I need more applications or have other questions?
Questions can be answered by contacting Jim Buck at (321) 609-0973 . Applications for the adult or teen weekend can also be obtained by Mr. Buck.
Teen Application Form
Teen application form in Microsoft Word format:
Teen application form in PDF format:
Teen Alpha Parent Release Form
Alpha release form in Microsoft Word format:
Alpha release form in Adobe Acrobat format: