Ohio Dominican University will welcome Father Gregory Boyle, S.J. at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 to discuss his New York Times-bestselling book, “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.” The event will take place in Alumni Hall, which is located on ODU’s campus at 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219. The presentation is free and open to the public.
"Tattoos on the Heart” is the common read during the 2017-18 academic year at ODU.
Boyle is also the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world. The organization 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. He previously served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles and as chaplain at the Islas Marias Federal Penal Colony in Mexico and at Folsom State Prison.
Fr. Boyle entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1972 and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1984. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and English from Gonzaga University, a master’s degree in English from Loyola Marymount University, a Master of Divinity degree from the Weston School of Theology, and a Master of Sacred Theology degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.
This presentation is one of several presentations during the 2017-18 academic year based on the university’s academic theme: The Common Good. ODU's Core Curriculum is a series of courses that provide a unifying academic experience throughout each student's academic journey. The curriculum is unique to Ohio Dominican, and is a combination of four seminar courses and the general degree requirements. In the Core seminars, students draw from all of their courses to engage in thought-provoking interdisciplinary discussions, readings and experiences about themes such as the common good, justice, truth and what it means to be human.