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LA street ministry priest visits Australia

 

American Jesuit Father Greg Boyle has spent 23 years working with gangs in Los Angeles’ wildest neighbourhoods.

Fr Boyle, or G to his homeboys, shrugs off having stared down the barrel of a gun many times: ”I never take it personally”.

He is in town as part of a tour funded by the Church’s evangelical office and will be giving a talk in Melbourne, Australia tonight, the Age reports.

The mission statement of Father Boyle’s charity, Homeboy Industries, is ”nothing stops a bullet like a job”. Gang members are brought off the streets or straight out of jail to work in one of several small Homeboy and Homegirl-branded businesses.

The T-shirt printing service is the only steady money-maker, Father Boyle said, bringing in $1 million a year. But they also run a bakery, a taco stand, a few cafes and a handyman service.

Homeboy Industries also runs a school, an anger management program and a tattoo removal service, offering to erase the traces of a gangster past. It nearly collapsed during the recession, but is “surviving”, the priest said.

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Father G: helping gangsters hustle for the greater good (The Age)

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  3. Christine Parker says:

    Father Greg gets it. He is in touch with everything that makes us good and has translated that to his ministry with gang members. His book, Tattoos on the Heart, is one of the most beautifully written books I have read. It’s a spirituality that is real and holy. He also has a great sense of humor!

  4. mary kujawa says:

    great job with youth in need of jesus and guidance and a job.

 
 

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