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Homeboy Industries Founder Fr. Gregory Boyle to Speak at Notre Dame de Namur University

Belmont, CA, March 15, 2013 — For twenty-five years, Fr. Gregory Boyle has shown countless gang-involved men and women in Los Angeles that hope is right around the corner. Fr. Boyle, who founded the gang intervention program Homeboy Industries, will present "Hope Has an Address: the Story of Homeboy Industries" at the Sr. Dorothy Stang Center Speakers Series at Notre Dame de Namur University on Wednesday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Fr. Boyle, a Jesuit priest, founded Homeboy Industries in 1988. The organization, which includes seven social enterprises, is now the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the United States. His book, "Tattoos on the Heart," published in 2010, has made available in inspiring detail the stories of transformation in the desperate lives of so many youth. Fr. Boyle has received numerous honorary degrees, awards and recognitions including the Civic Medal of Honor, the California Peace Prize, Humanitarian of the Year from Bon Appétit Magazine, and in 2011 was inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

Admission is free. In addition to parking on campus, a shuttle service will be offered from the Belmont Caltrain station. Fr. Boyle's presentation will be in Cunningham Memorial Chapel, which is located on the NDNU campus at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont.