New York Times #1 Bestselling author and international authority on gang rehabilitation, Father Greg Boyle, S.J., will deliver the 2018 Arrupe Lecture on Tuesday, May 29th at 7:00 p.m. at St. Bonaventure’s College. Father Boyle is the subject of Academy Award winner Freida Lee Mock’s 2012 documentary, G-Dog. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here or at the Presidents Office. Contact Jessica Whalen at (709) 726-0024 Ext. 228 or for more information.

Fr. Greg’s Biography

Father Greg was born in Los Angeles and attended Loyola High School, and upon graduating in 1972, entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and was ordained a priest in 1984. He holds degrees from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California.

Homeboy Industries is the largest and most successful gang rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world. Homeboy offers an “exit ramp” for those stuck in a cycle of violence and incarceration. The organization’s holistic approach, with free services and programs, supports 15,000 men and women a year as they work to overcome their pasts, re-imagine their futures, and break the inter-generational cycles of gang violence.

The lecture is named in honour of Father Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Superior General of the Jesuits, 1965-1983.  The Jesuits are the largest religious order in the Roman Catholic Church with 17,000 men in 110 countries.  St. Bon’s is a K-12 independent Jesuit school.

“Father Greg is an inspirational force in the field of gang rehabilitation in the U.S. and an New York Times best selling author,” says Tom McGrath, President at St. Bonaventure’s College, “He is a gifted orator who has an extraordinary understanding of social injustice.” For a full biography and more information about Homeboy Industries, click here.