Fr. Gregory Boyle, author of ‘Tattoos on the Heart,’ to speak at BenU

October 25, 2017

Lisle, Illinois ~ Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J., an expert on gangs and intervention approaches, will present “Tattoos on the Heart: Healing Hospitality” as part of the Center for Civil Leadership’s (CCL) Speaker Series from 3:00-4:15 p.m. on Friday, November 3, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium at Benedictine University.

Fr. Gregory is the founder and director of Homeboy Industries, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit which employs and trains hundreds of former gang members every year.

In preparation for Fr. Gregory’s talk, first-year students at Benedictine read his book, “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion,” which reflects on his experiences leading Homeboy Industries and offers a call to radically welcome and love those who live on the margins of society.

Fr. Gregory’s presentations for leaders on hope as a powerful tool have made him a popular speaker. He has given commencement addresses at numerous universities and has spoken at conferences for teachers, social workers, criminal justice workers and many others about the importance of adults’ attention, guidance and unconditional love in preventing youth from joining gangs.

He has won several humanitarian awards, including the California Peace Prize and Humanitarian of the Year Award from the James Beard Foundation. In 2014, he was recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change.”

This event is sponsored by the Office of the President, Campus Ministry and the CCL, and is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Jean-Marie Kauth at or (630) 829-6272.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 5,000 students in 59 undergraduate and 23 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the seventh consecutive year in 2017. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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