ILLUME: Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries

This event occurred in the past

ILLUME: Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries

This event occurred in the past

Date and Time

  • Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Camino Hall, Shiley Theatre

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Fr. Greg Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, CA, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world.
A Jesuit priest, from 1986 to 1992, Father Gregory Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church, then the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles, where he witnessed the devastating impact of gang violence. In the face of law enforcement tactics and criminal justice policies, Father Boyle and the parish community 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 10,000 men and women who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life. 
Father Boyle is the author of the 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, is a moving example of unconditional love in dif­ficult times as he shares what three decades of working with gang members in Los Angeles has taught him about faith, compassion, and the enduring power of kinship.
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 honor given to American Catholics.
father greg boyle in his office

Post Contact

College of Arts and Sciences
(619) 260-7446