Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, to share message of love, compassion and kinship Oct. 3

Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J., a gifted orator and a man whose work with former gang members offers a shining example of someone living the Jesuit mission, will bring his inspirational message to Regis on Thursday, Oct. 3. Boyle, the founder of the Los Angeles-based Homeboy Industries – the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the United States – will give a free talk about his experience and work at 7 p.m. in the St. John Francis Regis Chapel.

“Fr. Boyle is an example of what it means to live out a ‘faith that does justice,’” says Becky Camacho-Frank, associate university minister. “He embodies Regis’ Jesuit mission, demonstrating … integrity, humility, compassion and a willingness to walk alongside, learn from and embrace the ‘other’ as brother or sister. We are blessed to be able to welcome him to campus.”  

Regis College junior Jace Prokupek recently had the opportunity to hear Boyle speak and came away impressed.

“Fr. Boyle's speech made me realize what a difference one person can make in the lives of others. His programs are inspiring and really get to the heart of the problem with gang violence.”

Boyle chronicles his experiences with the “homies” in his New York Times bestselling book, “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.” Known to the homies as “G-Dog,” Boyle also is the main character in a new documentary film that tells the story of Homeboy Industries.
 
Boyle is closely connected to Regis, where he serves on the Board of Trustees. Regis students will deepen that connection this March, when they participate in a faith-based immersion to East L.A., sponsored by University Ministry. During the trip, students will learn firsthand about issues of structural violence and the importance of the peace-building work being done by Homeboy Industries.

This presentation is free and open to the public. Both the book and the documentary on DVD will be available for purchase before and after the talk.