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Father Greg Boyle, SJ, to Speak at Mount St. Mary's 2007 Commencement

April 16, 2007 -- Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles, announces 2007 commencement speaker Father Greg Boyle, SJ, founder and executive director of Jobs For A Future/Homeboy Industries. The organization includes an economic development program and employment referral services in Los Angeles' Boyle Heights community.

Boyle will speak at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif., during the College's May 14 graduation ceremony. The ceremony, beginning at 3 p.m., will include associate, bachelor's, master's, and certificate programs.

"Father Boyle is an inspiring and poetic communicator, and is doing phenomenal work in one of the most needy neighborhoods in our community," said Jacqueline Powers Doud, MSMU president. "He is truly a model for our students. People often underestimate or undervalue the power of doing good, but the power of service is evident in the work Father Boyle has done. We want our students to know that one person can make a difference even when problems seem so big."

Begun in 1988 for at-risk and gang-involved youth, Jobs For A Future is now a nationally-recognized center that assists 1,000 people a month in re-directing their lives through employment opportunities, counseling, and many other services, including free tattoo removal. In 1992, as a response to the civil unrest in Los Angeles, Boyle formed Homeboy Industries, which creates businesses that provide training, work experience, and above all, the opportunity for rival gang members to work side by side.

A native Angeleno, Boyle received his BA in English from Gonzaga University, an MA in English from Loyola Marymount University, a Master of Divinity from the Weston School of Theology, and an STM degree from the Jesuit School of Theology. Before becoming pastor of Dolores Mission (1986-1992), Boyle taught at Loyola High School and worked with Christian Base Communities in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He has also served as chaplain of Folsom Prison and the Islas Marias Penal Colony in Mexico. He is currently a member of the State Commission on Juvenile Justice, Crime and Delinquency Prevention, and also serves on the National Youth Gang Center Advisory Board.

To read excerpts of Boyle's speech, click here.

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