Forward Together Lecture
Guest speaker Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ, founder of Homeboy Industries---the largest and most successful gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world, presents Barking to the Choir: Now Entering the Kinship of God
Click here to view a short film about Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ, by the James Beard Foundation.
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 and the territories of numerous gangs. By 1988, he and parish and community members started what would eventually become Homeboy Industries, now the largest and most successful gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. Homeboy trains and employs former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to over 10,000 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 was named 2016 Humanitarian of the Year by the James Beard Foundation, the national culinary-arts organization.