Douglas has an approach to lector training like no other. He combines his years of experience as a professional actor and director with his ministry as a liturgist and his work as a consultant and trainer to turn ordinary “readers” into real “proclaimers,” an approach he outlines in his book, Stop Reading and Start Proclaiming! The goal of training is not to make lectors into actors or have them go “over the top,” but to teach very specific proclamation techniques that will give lectors the confidence and skills they need to fully proclaim to the community “a word that will rouse them.” Lectors leave renewed and reinvigorated for their ministry, with practical skills they can put to use right away. Douglas trains lectors for churches and dioceses nationwide.

Douglas Leal



Douglas Leal has worked in ministry in New Orleans, Chicago, and Los Angeles. He is currenly vice president of mission integration with St. Joseph Health. Previously, he was the director of adult formation for the Office of Religious Education of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.


Douglas has over 20 years’ experience in learning and development, organizational design and effectiveness, and strategic planning and implementation.  Prior to establishing his own consulting firm, he was a director in the management consulting practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. 

As an actor, Douglas has appeared in numerous regional theater productions and independent films.  He co-directed and appeared in the West Coast premiere of Lady Lancing, Oscar Wilde’s original script of The Importance of Being Earnest. His play Outsider was produced by Write Act Repertory in Hollywood. Douglas was a member of ComedySportz Chicago and has served as artistic director of two improv groups.


Douglas received his M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College and his B.A. from Loyola University New Orleans.


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Douglas is an accomplished and dynamic workshop presenter and retreat facilitator, who excels in conveying material in an engaging style to professional and non-professional audiences alike.  He is available to speak on a variety of topics in spirituality, faith formation, liturgy, and other areas.