Founder, Homeboy Industries
Gregory Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. A Jesuit priest, from 1986 to 1992 Father Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church, then the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles that also had the highest concentration of gang activity in the city. Read More >
Stories of Kinship and Compassion
Homeboy Industries Against Gang Rivalry
Nothing Stops a Bullet Like a Job
In a nation deeply divided and plagued by poverty and violence, Boyle offers a snapshot into the challenges and joys of life on the margins. A moving example of unconditional love during difficult times, this keynote is guaranteed to shake up our ideas about God and about people. Boyle 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 also invites us to find kinship with one another and reconvinces us all of our own goodness.
"Father Boyle did a wonderful job—he made everyone laugh and get a little teary, and he brought home the personal nature of our work. We were so lucky to have him! Thank you for your original suggestion and all your support."
"We received nothing but positive feedback regarding Father Boyle's presentation from all in attendance. We had 1400 individuals there, including many members of the surrounding community, and all were inspired by his speech. I appreciated that he was willing to stay a little longer to sign additional books from the audience. I'd also like to mention that I really appreciated your online system for the itinerary—it was extremely well-laid out and covered everything in depth. Thank you again for your work with Father Boyle's performance."
"His presentation went very well! His message certainly resonated with our audience. Great mix of humor and poignant stories. We were looking for a message of giving back and growing community and I felt that his presentation absolutely hit the mark."
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