Father Greg Boyle is a Jesuit Priest who, in 1988, founded Homeboy Industries, now the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. Boyle has transformed the lives of thousands of Los Angeles gang members – and turned the tide of the city’s gang problem — through the therapy, advocacy, education, training, and spiritual care offered at Homeboy.

In 1986, Boyle started working at Dolores Mission in East Los Angeles, which was at the time the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles. He refers to his years serving Dolores as the “decade of death,” peaking at 1,000 gang related deaths in 1992. With law enforcement and criminal justice policies doing little to change the situation, Boyle decided on his own approach: to treat gang members with radical compassion.

Today, Homeboy Industries includes a staggering number of social enterprises run by ex-gang members, including Homegirl Cafe, Silkscreen and Embroidery, Homeboy Gear, and Electronics and Recycling.

Boyle is a disarming writer of spiritual insights; he has written several books about what he has learned about kinship, tenderness, and forgiveness by working with gang members. He is also a charismatic and highly sought-after speaker.

Boyle has been recognized for his work around gang violence at the state and national level. He received the California Peace Prize and was inducted into the California Hall of Fame. President Barack Obama named Boyle a Champion of Change, and President Joe Biden awarded him the Presidential Medal of Honor.

Read and Listen for:

  • Insights into offering unconditional lovingkindness to others, especially those who are marginalized.
  • Abiding faith that in the face of much pain, there is dignity in just showing up.
  • Trusting the slow work of God.