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  Father Greg Boyle

Father Gregory Boyle, founder and executive director of the Los Angeles- based Homeboy Industries, is an acknowledged expert on gangs, intervention and re-entry, and today serves on the U.S. Attorney General’s Defending Childhood Task Force.

Best known as Fr. Greg by all who meet him, he is a member of order of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and was ordained a priest in 1984. He received his BA in English from Gonzaga University; an MA in English from Loyola Marymount University; a Master of Divinity from the Weston School of Theology; and a Sacred Theology Masters degree from the Jesuit School of Theology.

Prior to 1986 Fr. Boyle taught at Loyola High School and worked with Christian Base Communities in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He was appointed as Pastor of Dolores Mission in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1986 where he served through 1992. During 1993, he served as Chaplain of the Islas Marias Penal Colony in Mexico and Folsom Prison, before returning to Los Angeles and Dolores Mission.

Homeboy Industries traces its roots to “Jobs for a Future” (JFF), a program created in 1988 by Fr. Greg at Dolores Mission parish. In an effort to address the escalating problems and unmet needs of gang-involved youth, Fr. Greg and the community developed positive alternatives, including establishing an elementary school, a day care program and finding legitimate employment for young people. In 1992, as a response to the civil unrest in Los Angeles, Fr. Greg launched the first business (under the organizational banner of JFF and Proyecto Pastoral, separated from Dolores Mission Church): Homeboy Bakery, with a mission to create an environment that provided training, work experience, and above all, the opportunity for rival gang members to work side by side. The success of the Bakery created the groundwork for additional businesses, thus prompting JFF to become an independent non-profit organization, Homeboy Industries, in 2001. Today Homeboy Industries’ nonprofit economic development enterprises include Homeboy Bakery, Homeboy Diner at Los Angeles City Hall, Homeboy Farmers Markets, Homeboy Silkscreen & Embroidery, Homeboy/Homegirl Merchandise, and Homegirl Café & Catering.

Fr. Boyle, a consultant to youth service and governmental agencies, policy-makers and employers, is a nationally renowned speaker focusing on the importance of adult attention, guidance, and unconditional love in preventing youth from joining gangs. Father Greg’s first book, Tattoos on the Heart: the Power of Boundless Compassion, was named as one of the Best Books of 2010 by Publishers Weekly, and is the PEN USA 2011 Best Creative Nonfiction Book of the Year. Tattoos on the Heart debuted in paperback in February 2011 and the audio book followed in March 2011. . . . short bio
Father Gregory Boyle, founder and executive director of the Los Angeles- based Homeboy Industries, is an acknowledged expert on gangs, intervention and re-entry, and today serves on the U.S. Attorney General’s Defending Childhood Task Force.

Best known as Fr. Greg by all who meet him, he is a member of order of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and was ordained a priest in 1984. He received his BA in English from Gonzaga University; an MA in English from Loyola Marymount University; a Master of Divinity from the Weston School of Theology; and a Sacred Theology Masters degree from the Jesuit School of Theology . . . full bio

2017
We Don't Hire Homies to Bake Bread; We Bake Bread to Hire Homies
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Father Greg Boyle
Date: 08-25-2017
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2016
Nowhere to Rest One's Head: Following Jesus with Integrity
Library: Ecumenical Sermons
Speaker(s): Father Greg Boyle
Date: 06-26-2016
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Vespers
Library: Ecumenical Sermons
Speaker(s): Father Greg Boyle
Date: 06-26-2016
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The Dude Shows Up
Library: Ecumenical Sermons
Speaker(s): Father Greg Boyle
Date: 06-27-2016
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And Awe Came Upon Everyone
Library: Ecumenical Sermons
Speaker(s): Father Greg Boyle
Date: 06-28-2016
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Now. Here. This.
Library: Ecumenical Sermons
Speaker(s): Father Greg Boyle
Date: 06-29-2016
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The Feeling's Mutual
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Speaker(s): Father Greg Boyle
Date: 06-30-2016
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The Praise that Matters to God
Library: Ecumenical Sermons
Speaker(s): Father Greg Boyle
Date: 07-01-2016
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2015
Standing in Awe: Compassion, Redemption, and Boys Reaching Manhood in the Barrio
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Speaker(s): Father Greg Boyle
Date: 07-08-2015
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2013
Barking to the Choir: Gangs, Hope, and Restorative Justice
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Speaker(s): Father Greg Boyle
Date: 08-01-2013
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2012
Krista Tippett with Father Greg Boyle
Library: Philosophical Lectures
Speaker(s): Krista Tippett, Father Greg Boyle
Date: 07-10-2012
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