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Father Greg Boyle

Founder of Homeboy Industries

Mon. 3/3, Tues. 3/4, Weds. 3/5, 2025 @ 7:30 PT

Get ready to be inspired by Father Gregory Boyle, the visionary founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, at the MPSF Speaker Series! From his humble beginnings at Dolores Mission Church in Boyle Heights to building the largest gang-intervention and rehabilitation program globally, Father Boyle's journey is a testament to the power of compassion and radical kinship. Join us as he shares insights from his acclaimed books and decades-long commitment to transforming lives and communities affected by gang violence.

Father Greg Boyle

Father Gregory Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang-intervention,  rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world.  

Born and raised in Los Angeles and Jesuit priest, from 1986 to 1992 Fr. Boyle served as pastor of Dolores  Mission Church in Boyle Heights. Dolores Mission was the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles that also had the highest concentration of gang activity in the city.  

Fr. Boyle witnessed the devastating impact of gang violence on his community during the so-called “decade of death” that began in the late 1980s and peaked at 1,000 gang-related killings in 1992. In the face of law enforcement tactics and criminal justice policies of suppression and mass incarceration as the means to end gang violence, he and parish and community members adopted what was a radical approach at the time: treat gang members as human beings. 

 

In 1988 they started what would eventually become Homeboy Industries, which employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to thousands of individuals who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life.  

Fr. Boyle is the author of the 2010 New York Times bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless  Compassion. Followed by Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship (2017) and The Whole Language:  The Power of Extravagant Tenderness (2021). Most recently, he authored Forgive Everyone Everything, an anthology of writings accompanied by Fabian Debora’s artwork.  

He has received the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. In 2014,  President Obama named Fr. Boyle a Champion of Change. He received the University of Notre Dame’s 2017  Laetare Medal, the oldest honor given to American Catholics. Homeboy Industries was the recipient of the 2020 Hilton Humanitarian Prize validating 32 years of Fr. Greg Boyle’s vision and work by the organization for over three decades. 

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