Fr. Boyle to Speak at St. Cecilia’s on October 26

October 16, 2012

Saint Cecilia Parish staff is pleased to be hosting An Evening with Father Greg Boyle, SJ on Friday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m.

Father Greg will share his reflections on community and the sacredness of life through the lens of Ignatian spirituality, drawn from more than 20 years of work with formerly gang-involved and recently incarcerated men and women in Los Angeles. A member of the Society of Jesus, Father Greg has taught at Loyola High School in Los Angeles, was chaplain in the Islas Marias Penal Colony in Mexico and at Folsom Prison, and worked with Christian Base Communities in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He was appointed pastor of Dolores Mission Church in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1986 where he served through 1992. Father Greg is founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries, which is now the largest gang intervention, rehab, and reentry program in the United States.

Father Greg is author of Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.His debut book as been honored by SCIBA (Southern California Indie Booksellers Association), Pen USA, Publishers Weekly, and Goodreads Choice Awards. He has received numerous honorary degrees, awards, and recognitions including the Civic Medal of Honor, the California Peace Prize, Humanitarian of the Year from Bon Appetit Magazine, and in 2011 was inducted into the California Hall of Fame. He has served on the State Commission for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, The National Youth Gang Center Board, and the Attorney General’s Defending Childhood Task Force.

This is sure to be a wonderful evening. Copies of Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion will be available for purchase that night and Father Greg will be available to sign books. There will be a reception with light refreshments inĀ  the Parish Hall following the lecture. This event is free and open to the public.

Saint Cecilia Church is located at 18 Belvidere Street, between Dalton Street and Mass. Ave. It is situated between the Hilton Boston Back Bay on one side and Berklee College of Music on the other.

The nearest T station is the Hynes Convention Center stop on the Green Line. Go left as you exit the station. You are now on Mass. Ave. Your second left is Belvidere Street.

Parking is available at the Hilton Boston Back Bay located next door to the church (40 Dalton Street, garage entrance is on Belvidere Street); LAZ Parking (53 Belvidere Street); The Hynes Auditorium Garage (50 Dalton Street); and at the Prudential Center.

The church and Parish Hall are fully accessible by elevator.

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