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Interfaith Voices Radio Program interviews Jesuit “Father G” on his Gang Program

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To his employees he’s known as “Father G,” “G-Dog” or simply “G.”  To everyone else he’s Jesuit Father Gregory Boyle, a white-bearded priest who runs the country’s largest intervention program for gang members.  Fr. Boyle’s new book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion,  is a collection of stories and essays from 20 years of working with at-risk risk youth. Boyle was recently interviewed by the the nation’s leading religion news magazine on public radio, Interfaith Voices, about his new book and his vocation working with and helping the former gang members of Los Angeles that seek out ministry. Go here to listen to the radio interview.

Interfaith Voices Radio Program interviews Jesuit "Father G" on his Gang Program

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To his employees he’s known as “Father G,” “G-Dog” or simply “G.”  To everyone else he’s Jesuit Father Gregory Boyle, a white-bearded priest who runs the country’s largest intervention program for gang members.  Fr. Boyle’s new book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion,  is a collection of stories and essays from 20 years of working with at-risk risk youth. Boyle was recently interviewed by the the nation’s leading religion news magazine on public radio, Interfaith Voices, about his new book and his vocation working with and helping the former gang members of Los Angeles that seek out ministry. Go here to listen to the radio interview.

Jesuit Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries puts Compassionate Pen to Paper

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For the last 20 years, Jesuit Father Greg Boyle has been writing the book that is his newly released memoir, “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion”. For two decades, Fr. Boyle has been amassing a stupendously rich cache of stories about the homeboys and homegirls who one way or another found their way to his doorstep.  He told them in homily form in the dozens of jails, camps and juvenile halls where he celebrated mass on Saturday, embedded them in the speeches he gave to raise money for the jobs program that was the precursor for Homeboy Industries (which provides work experience, therapy and the opportunity for once-rival gang members to work side-by-side), unfurled them at panels, hearings and conferences where he tried to convince lawmakers and anyone else who’d listen that the young men and women whom his tales featured were worth much more than the worst things they had ever done and that they should never, ever be thrown away.

For each occasion, Boyle spins a narrative tapestry that includes one or two funny anecdotes laced with street vernacular and Spanglish, and at least one tale of redemption. Then, after entrancing his audience with an account of a kid’s courage and shattering vulnerability, Boyle delivers the gut-punch. “I told that story,” he would say, “three weeks later at his funeral.”

Read more about Fr. Boyle’s book here.