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Father Gregory Boyle

January 20, 2020

Since its inauguration in 2008, the King Institute for Faith and Culture has sought to foster conversation about things that matter, joining town and gown as we bring guests who work at the intersections of Christian faith and culture: artists and ministers, scholars and writers, politicians and prophets.

A Jesuit priest, Father Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church, the Catholic parish that had the highest concentration of gang activity in Los Angeles, during the so-called “decade of death” that began in the late 1980s and peaked at 1,000 gang-related killings in 1992.

In 1988, he and his parish started what would eventually become Homeboy Industries, which employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises, and provides critical services to thousands of others in need. Father Boyle is the author of the 2010 New York Times bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, as well as Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship.

In 2014, the White House named Father Boyle a Champion of Change, and in 2017 he received the University of Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal, the oldest honor given to American Catholics.

Time and Location

January 20, 7:00pm – Lee Street Baptist Church

January 21, 10:00am – King Memorial Chapel