Greg Boyle, S.J., to Speak at Saint Joseph’s

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Update: The event has been moved to the Chapel of Saint Joseph – Michael J. Smith, S.J., Memorial. Book sales and signing will begin at 6:15 p.m. with the lecture to follow at 7 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (August 15, 2018) — The founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest rehabilitation and re-entry program for gang members in the world, Greg Boyle, S.J., will discuss his recent book, Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship, with the Saint Joseph’s University community on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The talk is sponsored by the Faith-Justice Institute’s Joseph William and Madeline Eberle Klein Fund and will take place in the Chapel of Saint Joseph – Michael J. Smith, S.J., Memorial at 6:15 p.m. Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing, and the event is free and open to the public.

For the past three decades, Fr. Boyle has worked to create therapeutic, educational and vocational opportunities for gang members in Los Angeles, California, who wish to escape the cycle of violence and incarceration.

“Fr. Boyle is a prophetic witness to fostering human dignity and kinship,” says Ann Marie Jursca Keffer, director of the Faith-Justice Institute. “His compelling reflections and humor foster meaningful encounters of connectedness intertwined with a call to create more just and humane world.”

Fr. Boyle, who received an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Saint Joseph’s in 2012, has published two books reflecting on his experiences and lessons from working at Homeboy, which serves thousands each year. He has been featured on NPR and “On Being” and received the James Beard Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2016, as well as the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal, the oldest honor given to American Catholics.

Event Contact

Ann Marie Jursca Keffer, director of the Faith-Justice Institute,, 610-660-1337


Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni — over 68,000 strong — provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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