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2018-19 Common Reading

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

by Fr. Gregory Boyle, SJ


Loyola is pleased to launch a new University-wide common reading program: One Book, One Loyola.

By reading a book together, and participating in book discussions and events throughout the year, we aim to strengthen our sense of connectedness and community … to be people with and for others.

We hope you will enjoy our 2018-2019 selection. Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, by Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ, recounts his experiences supporting a group of unforgettable young men and women who set out to transform their lives in powerful ways. For twenty years, Fr. Boyle and these young people have run Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. Fr. Boyle distills their experiences into a breathtaking series of parables inspired by faith and filled with sparkling humor.

A set of stories that will stir many emotions. They will leave you dumbfounded at the power of love and compassion to break down high walls built by anger and pain.

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The First-Year Experience and One Book, One Loyola

The 2018-19 First-Year Experience (FYE)  joins One Book, One Loyola, and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion in focusing upon the year-long theme, “Encountering Each Other.”  All Loyola community members are invited to two FYE events that invite reflection on our One Book selection, Tattoos on the Heart, by Fr. Gregory Boyle, SJ.



Thursday, September 20, 2018, Roussel Hall, 7-8:30 p.m.

Animated by a panel of campus scholars from various disciplines, this event will provide discussions around the campus-wide assigned book, Tattoos on the Heart. Written as a succession of essays, Boyle’s work provides a most humanistic insight into the power of understanding one another and believing in unconditional love.



Tuesday, November 20, 2018, Roussel Hall, 7-8:30 p.m.

This evening performance will feature a selection of original staged monologues and scenes by first-year students enrolled in the first-year seminar on Performance and Performativity. Interspersed with vocal and instrumental music, these powerful and personal accounts are meant to instill in all individuals an open-mindedness towards, and respect for, diversity and otherness.

Learn more about the First-Year Experience


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About Homeboy Industries


Homeboy Industries provides hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community.

Each year over 10,000 former gang members from across Los Angeles come through Homeboy Industries’ doors in an effort to make a positive change. They are welcomed into a community of mutual kinship, love, and a wide variety of services ranging from tattoo removal to anger management and parenting classes.

Full-time employment is offered for more than 200 men and women at a time through an 18-month program that helps them re-identify who they are in the world, offers job training so they can move on from Homeboy Industries and become contributing members of the community – knowing they count!


Learn more about Homeboy Industries


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Fr. Boyle Visits Loyola!


Sunday, November 11, 2018  (POSTPONED – New Date TBA)

5:00 p.m.

Nunemaker Auditorium, Monroe Hall


The Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world.

A native Angeleno, Fr. Boyle entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1972 and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1984.

After ordination, Fr. Boyle spent a year living and working with Christian base communities in Cochabamba, Bolivia.  In 1986, he was appointed pastor of Dolores Mission Church in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East LA.  At the time, Dolores Mission was the poorest Catholic parish in the city, located between two large public housing projects with the highest concentration of gang activity in Los Angeles. He witnessed the devastating impact of gang violence on his community during what he has called “the decade of death” that began in the late 1980’s.

In the face of law enforcement and criminal justice tactics and policies of suppression and mass incarceration as the means to end gang violence, Father Boyle and parish and community members adopted  a radical approach. They addressed the escalating problems and unmet needs of gang-involved youth by developing positive opportunities for them, including establishing an alternative school and day care program, and seeking out legitimate employment.

Today, Homeboy Industries employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to 15,000 men and women who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life.


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One Book Mini-Grants

The One Book, One Loyola Team and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion invite applications for funding to support programming related to our 2018-19 book selection, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, by Fr. Gregory Boyle, SJ.


Students, faculty, and staff may apply. Eligible programs include but are not limited to panel discussions, performances, exhibitions, and collaborative events with community partners on topics related to themes of the book. Priority will be given to proposals for campus-wide events, but college-wide and departmental programs may receive support.

Most grant awards will not exceed $250. Funded activities must be completed before April 30, 2018.

We will award mini-grants on in two rounds:


Round 1: Thursday, November 1, 11:59 pm
Round 2: Friday, February 1, 11:59 pm

Download the OBOL Mini-Grant Application


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