Fr. Gregory Boyle, Founder of Homeboy Industries: “Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship”

Event time: 
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 7:00pm
Saint Thomas More See map
268 Park Street
New Haven, CT
Event description: 

Please join us for an evening with Father Gregory Boyle, the founder of
Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, Calif., the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world.

A Jesuit priest, from 1986 to 1992 Father Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church, then the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles, located between two large public housing projects with the highest concentration of gang activity in the city.

Father Boyle witnessed the devastating impact of gang violence on his
community during what he has called “the decade of death” that began in the late 1980s.  In the face of law enforcement tactics and criminal justice policies of suppression and mass incarceration as the means to end gang violence, Father Boyle and parish and community members adopted what was a radical approach at the time: treat gang members as human beings.

By 1988, they started what would eventually become Homeboy Industries, which employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to over 10,000 men and women 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.  His new book, Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship, will be published later this year.

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 received the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics.

This event will be followed by a booksigning with Fr. Boyle and a reception, and is free and open to the public.

Event Type: 
Education & Literacy
Employment & Job Training
Homelessness & Housing
Human Rights
Prison Reform & Reentry
Racial Inequality
Event Source: 
Dwight Hall Institution
Open To: 
Graduate Students
Community Members