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Sep032014

Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, SJ, '72

Father Boyle is the founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. After his graduation from Loyola, he entered the Jesuits and was ordained in 1984. His Jesuit formation included teaching English at Loyola from 1978 to 1981. Father Boyle holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English from Gonzaga University, a master's degree in English from Loyola Marymount University, a Master of Divinity degree from the Weston School of Theology, and a Master of Sacred Theology degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. From 1986 to 1992, he served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church in Boyle Heights, where Homeboy began. He is the author of the 2010 New York Times-bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. Father Boyle 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 him a Champion of Change. Father Boyle received the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the James Beard Foundation, the national culinary arts organization.

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