Usd Welcomes Father Greg Boyle Of Homeboy Industries

SAN DIEGO: The University of San Diego (USD) and Warwick’s Books are proud to welcome Father Greg Boyle to campus as part of USD’s ILLUME Global ImpactHumanitiesSpeaker/Lecture Series.

Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. He is the author of the New York Times-bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, and is the subject of Academy Award winner Freida Lee Mock’s 2012 documentary, G-Dog. 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.

A Jesuit priest, Father Gregory Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church from 1986 to 1992, 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.

Who: Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, CA.

What: ILLUME Global Impact, Humanities Speaker/Lecture Series

Where:  Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall, University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110

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

Tickets range from $28 to $38, which includes a copy of Barking at the Choir. Purchase tickets at

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.