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Jesuit Father Greg Boyle, minister to LA gang members, to speak in North Idaho this month
the Inland Register
(From the April 6, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)
Jesuit Father Greg Boyle, founder and director of “Jobs for a Future” and “Homeboy Industries” in Los Angeles, will speak Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, at locations in North Idaho.
For many years, Father Boyle’s ministry has focused on the young people involved in East Los Angeles gang life. Homeboy Industries is described as the largest gang prevention program in the country.
He will speak Saturday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the junior high auditorium, junction of Highways 2 and 57 in Priest River, Idaho. On Sunday, April 30, he will speak at the Panida Theater, 300 N. First in Sandpoint, Idaho.
Free will offerings will be accepted at both events; receptions follow both events.
In a Catholic News Service story about his ministry, he described his work this way: “Rejection is the thing (gang members) know better than anything. They fully expect to be dead by 19, 20, which is the hardest part, because despair is one of the most contributing elements to gangs.
“The key is if you cannot imagine a future for yourself, your present is not very compelling. So you don’t get out of harm’s way, or you don’t care if you inflict harm. The violence is a symptom of despair. That’s what happens out here.’’