Our pastor, Father Doug Dousson wanted to prepare the St. Gabriel parishioners for transition when he retires. He invited parish leadership and any parishioner who wanted to be part of a six-part leadership training. Each session was divided into three parts: Spiritual, Theological and Pastoral. In each session, which was about two months apart, the participants did homework reading from various documents.
The spiritual was based on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius from the book, Discovering Your Dream by Gerald Fagin, SJ. The theological was from the Vatican Council Documents, a commentary by Edward Hannenburg. The Pastoral part was various presentations on servant leadership and parish leader formation. There were presentations, small group discussions and group sharing. It has been an enriching experience and a wonderful opportunity to get to know parishioners and their thoughts and desires for our parish here in New Orleans!