Fr. Greg Boyle
Father Gregory Boyle was born in Los Angeles and is one of eight children. He entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1972 and was ordained a priest in 1984. He received his BA in English from Gonzaga University, an MA in English from Loyola Marymount University and advanced theology degrees from The Weston School of Theology and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.
He 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. Homeboy Industries was born in 1988 and is now the largest gang intervention, re-hab and re-entry program in the United States.
Father Greg is the author of the New York Times Bestselling book, “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.” His debut book has 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.
Patrick is passionate about the intersection of storytelling and social change. Patrick believes in the importance of data and statistics, but he also knows that at the end of the day, it is the connection we feel to one another that moves us most strongly to act and make a positive and lasting difference in our communities. In his role as the Minister for Faith and Justice at his alma mater Loyola Marymount University, he is actively trying to shrink the world, exposing students to the stories in our society that most often stay hidden in the shadows: those of the poor and easily outcast. His passion for solidarity and kinship started as a student in college with Alternative Break trips, and those experiences led him to create Magis, a service organization at LMU that focuses on social justice through the lens of service, diversity, and spirituality. After graduating in 2006, he did post-graduate volunteer work in Chile and Ecuador before returning home to manage City Year LA's operations and programs in Boyle Heights, a low income community in East Los Angeles.
He has a Master's Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in International Nonprofit Management from the USC Price School of Public Policy, where he also worked as the Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admission. He has worked with the Elton John Aids Foundation to help produce their annual Oscar Dinner Viewing Party from 2009-2011. When he is not leading a De Colores retreat in Tijuana for LMU or busy plotting his pathway to visit 30 countries by the age of 30 (he's been to 26 so far), he can be also be found working as a consultant in higher education and the nonprofit arena for social media and storytelling. You can follow him on Twitter @pjfurlong.
San Francisco Excursions
Below are web links that describe each of the possible excursion sites for our day in San Francisco (June 28). If sites are grouped together within the same bullet point, then they are in the same area of the city making it easier to see all sites if desired.
Please note that we may not have scheduled bus stops for each excursion site listed above. If a certain site is not where your delegation would like to go, then you would need to arrange and pay for public transportation to get to that site on your own while also ensuring you also get back to the pre-arranged bus stop in order to board the buses back to Santa Clara University.
Also, any associated costs with each excursion is up to your delegation to pay. Buses to get to and from San Francisco are covered by your conference registration fees.