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The Calling of Delight: Gangs, Service, and Kinship

Greg Boyle

The Calling of Delight: Gangs, Service, and Kinship

A Jesuit priest famous for his gang intervention programs in Los Angeles, Fr. Greg Boyle makes winsome connections between service and delight, and compassion and awe. He heads Homeboy Industries, which employs former gang members in a constellation of businesses. This is not work of helping, he says, but of finding kinship. The point of Christian service, as he lives it, is about "our common calling to delight in one another."

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Image By Melissa Golden/ReduxFr. Greg Boyle laughs heartily in his office at the Homeboy Industries headquarters in Los Angeles, CA. The organization, founded and helmed by the priest, provides a myriad of services to area ex-convicts seeking to turn their lives around. "He's my ideal of what a priest should be," said Dr. Maria Loeza who volunteers her time to remove tattoos in the clinic at the company's headquarters.

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