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RESCHEDULED--An Evening with Father Greg Boyle

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

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The Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries, will speak on December 9 at Hempfield High School Performing Arts Center in Landisville, PA. A guest of the Parish Resource Center and ASSETS, Boyle is widely known, too, as the New York Times bestselling author of the books Tattoos on the Heart and Barking to the Choir. Located in Los Angeles, Boyle’s Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world.

Boyle mesmerizes audiences with his remarkable life experiences, his buoyant yet reflective style, and the hope he sees every day.

For an aerial view of parking at Hempfield High School, click HERE.

About Father Boyle:

A native Angeleno, Father Boyle entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1972 and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1984.

In 1986, he was appointed pastor of Dolores Mission Church in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East LA. At the time, Dolores Mission was the poorest Catholic parish in the city, located between two large public housing projects with the highest concentration of gang activity in Los Angeles. He witnessed the devastating impact of gang violence on his community during what he has called "the Decade of Death" that began in the late 1980's.

By 1988, having buried an ever-growing number of young people killed in gang violence, Father Boyle, his parish, and community members sought to address the escalating problems and unmet needs of gang-involved youth. They developed positive opportunities for them, including establishing an alternative school and day-care program, and seeking legitimate employment for them. They called this initial effort Jobs for a Future.

“Gang violence is about a lethal absence of hope,” Father Boyle has said. “Nobody has ever met a hopeful kid who joined a gang.”

In the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, Jobs for a Future and Proyecto Pastoral, a community-organizing project begun at Dolores Mission, launched their first social enterprise business in an abandoned bakery that Hollywood producer Ray Stark helped them purchase. They called it Homeboy Bakery.

In 1993, the success of Homeboy Bakery created the groundwork for additional social enterprise businesses, leading Jobs for a Future in 2001 to become an independent nonprofit organization, Homeboy Industries.

Today, Homeboy Industries employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to 15,000 men and women who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life.

Father Boyle’s New York Times bestselling book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, was named one of the Best Books of 2010 by Publishers Weekly and received the PEN Center USA 2011 Creative Nonfiction Award.

Father Boyle is the subject of Academy Award winner Freida Lee Mock’s 2012 documentary, G-Dog (Trailer). 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.

Praise for Father Boyle’s writing:

Barking to the Choir is a beautiful and important and soul-transporting book. It's written by Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit priest in Los Angeles who has worked with (and loved) gang-members for decades. This book is about how to love people. How to really love people. And how to know God when you see God. . . . This is a fantastic book. Please read it.” —Elizabeth Gilbert

“If you’re in the market for genuine inspiration, I urge you to read Barking to the Choir by Gregory Boyle, a book that shows what the platitudes of faith look like when they’re put into action.” —Ann Patchett

"An astonishing book…[Tattoos on the Heart is] about suffering and dignity, death and resurrection, one of my favorite books in years. It is lovely and tough and tender beyond my ability to describe and left me in tears of both sorrow and laughter." —Anne Lamott

"Sometimes we are allowed to see in our own lifetimes what we were supposed to see in the life and ministry of Jesus. Read, and let your life be changed!" —Father Richard Rohr, O.F.M

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