Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., of Homeboy Industries to speak at Spring Hill College Feb. 20

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 10:00am
Fr. Greg Boyle with Homeboy Industries

MOBILE, Ala. – Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries, will give a talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 in Byrne Memorial Hall at Spring Hill College.

Located in Los Angeles, Homeboy Industries was founded in 1988 and is now the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the United States.

Boyle is the author of the New York Times Bestselling book, “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.” His debut book has been honored by SCIBA (Southern California Indie Booksellers Association), Pen USA, Publishers Weekly, and Goodreads Choice Awards.

Boyle has served on the State Commission for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, The National Youth Gang Center Board and the Attorney General’s Defending Childhood Task Force. 

Boyle was born in Los Angeles and is one of eight children. He entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1972 and was ordained a priest in 1984. He received his BA in English from Gonzaga University, an MA in English from Loyola Marymount University and advanced theology degrees from The Weston School of Theology and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.

He has taught at Loyola High School in Los Angeles; was chaplain in the Islas Marias Penal Colony in Mexico and at Folsom prison; and worked with Christian Base Communities in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He was appointed pastor of Dolores Mission Church in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1986 where he served through 1992.

Boyle has received numerous honorary degrees, awards and recognitions including the Civic Medal of Honor, the California Peace Prize, Humanitarian of the Year from Bon Appetit Magazine, and in 2011 was inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

For more information on this event, contact the Office of Student Affairs at (251) 380-3023.