An Evening With Father Gregory Boyle At The Expo February 9th

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Fr. Greg Boyle Speaking at The Expo

Fr. Greg Boyle

The Bixby Knolls Literary Society and 8th District Councilwoman Rae Gabelich will host “An Evening With Father Gregory Boyle.” The Author & Founder/Executive Director of Homeboy Industries, Fr. Greg Boyle will be speaking free of charge for one night only on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at the Expo.

Fr. Gregory Boyle – best known as Fr. Greg by all who meet him — was born in Los Angeles, one of eight children. His father, a third-generation Irish-American, worked in the family-owned dairy in Los Angeles County and his mother worked to keep track of her large family. As a youth, Fr. Greg and several of his siblings worked side by side with their father in the dairy. After graduating from Loyola High School in Los Angeles in 1972, he entered the order of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and was ordained a priest in 1984.

Homeboy Industries traces its roots to “Jobs For A Future” (JFF), a program created in 1988 by Fr. Greg at Dolores Mission parish. In an effort to address the escalating problems and unmet needs of gang-involved youth, Fr. Greg and the community developed positive alternatives, including establishing an elementary school, a day care program and finding legitimate employment for young people. JFF’s success demonstrated the model followed today that many gang members are eager to leave the dangerous and destructive life on the “streets.”

In 1992, as a response to the civil unrest in Los Angeles, Fr. Greg launched the first business (under the organizational banner of JFF and Proyecto Pastoral, separated from Dolores Mission Church): Homeboy Bakery with a mission to create an environment that provided training, work experience, and above all, the opportunity for rival gang members to work side by side. The success of the Bakery created the groundwork for additional businesses, thus prompting JFF to become an independent non-profit organization, Homeboy Industries, in 2001. Today Homeboy Industries’ nonprofit economic development enterprises include Homeboy Bakery, Homeboy Silkscreen, Homeboy Maintenance, Homeboy/HomegirlMerchandise, and HomegirlCafé.

An Evening With Father Gregory Boyle is Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Expo 4321 Atlantic Avenue, Bixby Knolls, 90807. Admission for the event is FREE.

Don’t miss the rare opportunity to hear this phenomenal man of our time, as he shares his insights into gang intervention, rehabilitation, and social justice.

Father Greg will be available to sign copies of his new book:

Tattoos On The Heart
The Power of Boundless Compassion
Apostrophe Books will bring books for sale at the presentation—All net proceeds from this book go to homeboy industries.

To learn more about Father Greg Boyle and his work, please visit www.Homeboy-Industries.org.

Literary Society info: (562) 595-0081 or info@bixbyknollsinfo.com.

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