Two engagements to feature the founder of Homeboy Industries July 13, 2023
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CHICAGO, July 5—Greg Boyle, SJ, founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang rehabilitation and reentry program in the U.S., New York Times bestselling author, and popular speaker, will be sharing his messages of peace, non-violence, and hope for the future at two speaking engagements, both on July 13th in the Chicago area.
Fr. Greg has witnessed trauma, tragedy, pain, regret, and remorse in his 30 years at Homeboy Industries, but also hope, love, and the goodness inside every person, which he shared in his recent book Forgive Everyone Everything. These are themes that will be prominent in both Chicago events.
Fr. Greg will be part of a community conversation with Reverend Marshall Hatch, founder of the MAAFA Redemption Project, and Patricia Banks, executive director of SisterHouse Chicago. They will discuss their mutual commitment to serving young people, providing the support, training, and love they need to make radical changes in their lives and the lives of their families and communities.
St. Giles parish will host Fr. Greg for a community conversation at 3 pm in the St. Catherine of Siena-St. Lucy gym, located in Oak Park. An RSVP is required, and there is limited seating. Donations at the event will help support a new social services community center on the St. Catherine-St. Lucy campus.
Later on July 13th, Fr. Boyle will be the keynote speaker at the kickoff of the 2023 Iskali Conference, at Casa Iskali on the Our Lady of Gadalupe Campus in Des Plaines, IL.
Iskali is a Catholic organization that offers young Latino Catholics a community, scholarships, sports outreach, a bilingual podcast, and leadership formation. The three-day conference will feature speakers from partners McGrath Institute for Church Life and the University of Notre Dame, as well as Bishop Kevin M. Birmingham, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago.
Fr. Greg's message of hope for future leaders of the Hispanic community in Chicago comes from his decades of serving Latinos through Homeboy Industries.
The kick-off event begins with a gathering at 6:30 pm, followed by Fr. Greg's keynote at 7:00, and a networking opportunity at 8:00. The cost of for the evening is $50, and registration is required.
About the Author
Gregory Boyle is the author of the 2010 New York Times best-seller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion (2010), Barking to the Choir (2017), and The Whole Language (2021). In 2014, the White House named Boyle a Champion of Change, and he received the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal, the oldest honor given to American Catholics.
About the Artist
Fabian Debora was born in El Paso, Texas, and began his career in 1995 as a member of the East Los Angeles Streetscapers. He was mentored by many Chicano artists and muralists. Fabian’s work has been showcased in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad, including Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Brooklyn, and Latin America.
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Forgive Everyone Everything
Gregory Boyle, art by Fabian Debora
Loyola Press | $21.99 | Paperback | ISBN-13: 978-0-8294-5024-8