Celebrating God’s Mercy

An Evening with Fr. Greg Boyle. S.J.

Sunday, January 31, 2016
Presentation at 7:30 PM
Book signing to follow
St. Francis of Assisi Church

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We are pleased to announce that Father Greg Boyle will be coming to St. Francis of Assisi as part of our ongoing Adult Faith Formation offerings during the Year of Mercy. As Executive Director of Homeboy Industries and an acknowledged expert on gangs and intervention approaches, Fr. Boyle is an internationally renowned speaker. He has given commencement addresses at numerous universities, as well as spoken at conferences for teachers, social workers, criminal justice workers and others about the importance of adult attention, guidance and unconditional love in preventing youth from joining gangs.

Father Gregory 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 was appointed pastor of Dolores Mission Church in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1986 where he served through 1992. Homeboy Industries was born in 1988 and is now the largest gang intervention, re-hab and re-entry program in the United States.

Father Greg 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 the Southern California Indie Booksellers Association, Pen USA, Publishers Weekly, and Goodreads Choice Awards. Father Greg will be available to sign copies of his book following the presentation on January 31st, 2016.

Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ

Compassion isn’t just about feeling the pain of others; it’s about bringing them in toward yourself. If we love what God loves, then, in compassion, margins get erased. ‘Be compassionate as God is compassionate,’ means the dismantling of barriers that exclude.

Greg Boyle, S.J.

In this video, Fr. Greg and the homies talk about his book, “Tattoos on the Heart.” Check it out!