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Rev. Gregory Boyle, S.J., to present "Jobs Not Jails" at Loyola for Jesuit Heritage Week

| By Stephanie Weaver
Father Greg Boyle Homeboy Industries
Rev. Gregory Boyle, S.J. (photo courtesy of Homeboy Industries)

This release was co-written by Abby Vitaliano, '17, Loyola marketing and communications intern.

Loyola University Maryland welcomes Rev. Gregory Boyle, S.J., for an address in honor of Jesuit Heritage Week on Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. in McGuire Hall.

The discussion, “Jobs Not Jails: An Evening with Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries,” will focus on the incredible benefits of investing in people instead of incarceration to solve a complex social dilemma. Jesuit Heritage Week is a series of events at Loyola celebrating the Jesuit mission. The events will be held on Loyola’s Evergreen campus on Sunday, March 19 through Saturday, March 25. The events are open to the Loyola community and the public.

Fr. Boyle is the founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and reentry program in the world.

He entered the Society of Jesus in 1972 and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1984. After ordination, Fr. Boyle spent a year living with Christian base communities in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He was then appointed pastor of Dolores Mission Church in the Boyle Heights neighborhood in East Los Angeles. During this time, he witnessed the devastating impact of gang violence. He decided to combat this issue with a mission to treat gang members as human beings, and by creating positive opportunities through alternative day programs and legitimate employment options for community members. Today, this program has grown into Homeboy Industries, a place that continues to employ and train former gang members in various social enterprises. This program serves more than 15,000 men and women seeking a better life.

Fr. Boyle is the author of the New York Times bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. In 2014, the White House named Fr. Boyle a Champion of Change.

Fr. Boyle was born and raised in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Gonzaga University, Loyola Marymount University, the Weston School of Theology, and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.

Other events throughout Jesuit Heritage Week include Sunday mass, a Catholic Relief Services Immigration Simulation, Justice Prayer Walk, signing petitions on Advocacy Day, Jesuit Festival Sing, and teach-ins.

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