2016 Fall Wendt Guest Speaker - Father Gregory Boyle S.J.

October 24, 2016 | 7:00 PM
Heritage Center – John and Alice Butler Hall
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Jesuit Father Gregory J. Boyle is the founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, Calif.  From 1986 to 1992, Father Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church, then the poorest Catholic parish in the city, located between two large public housing projects with the highest concentration of gang activity in Los Angeles.  By 1988, he and parish and community members started what would eventually become Homeboy Industries, now the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world.  Homeboy employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to 15,000 people who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life. 


Father Boyle is the author of the 2010 New York Times-bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.  He is the subject of Academy Award-winner Freida Lee Mock’s 2012 documentary, G-Dog.  He has received the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame.  In 2014, the White House named Father Boyle a Champion of Change.  He received the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the James Beard Foundation, the national culinary-arts organization.


Father Boyle holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and English from Gonzaga University, a master’s degree in English from Loyola Marymount University, a Master of Divinity degree from the Weston School of Theology, and a Master of Sacred Theology degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.



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