AUTHOR | SPEAKER | TRAINER
Douglas has an approach to lector training like no other, with decades of experience as a professional actor, director, lector, and trainer. He knows how to coach lectors beyond reading to become true proclaimers of the Word, an approach he outlines in his book, Beyond Reading: Advanced Training for Proclaimers of the Word. Assemblies perk up and take special notice when they sense that a lector has worked to get inside the text, to express the meaning authentically, and to draw them into the story. Douglas teaches very specific proclamation techniques that 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 has worked in ministry in New Orleans, Chicago, and Los Angeles. He is currently chief mission integration officer with Providence. Previously, he was the director of adult formation for the Office of Religious Education of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Douglas has over 25 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.
WORKSHOPS & RETREATS
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.