Father Greg Boyle
Father Greg Boyle is a Jesuit priest, known nationally for his work with gangs in the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles, California. Father Boyle has worked with gang members for 30 years and established Homeboy Industries 28 years ago. He is the author of the book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.
Homeboy Industries' first enterprise was Homeboy Bakery. A Hollywood producer donated funds to turn a warehouse into a bakery in 1992, and soon former rival gang members were working together to bake bread. Other businesses added over the years include silkscreen and embroidery, a diner at city hall, a catering business, and a restaurant called Homegirl Cafe, which hires women formerly involved with gangs. The organization is recognized as the largest and most successful gang intervention and re-entry program in the world, and has become a national model.
Father Boyle serves as a member of the National Gang Center Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Loyola Law School Center for Juvenile Law and Policy in Los Angeles.
Father Boyle holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, a master's degree in English from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, a Master of Divinity degree from the Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a Master of Sacred Theology degree from the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, California.