Fr. Jeff Putthoff, SJ and Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ

Date: Tuesday, November 14
7:30 PM

Presenting: "The Work of hope: A conversation on breaking the cycle of trauma and violence with youth"

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Join Fr. Boyle and Fr. Putthoff in conversation as they share their experiences and wisdom gained from decades of ministry to young people in Los Angeles, CA and Camden, NJ. This event will offer the opportunity to: 

  • Gain a deeper insight into the unconditional love of Christ, lived and explored by Fr. Boyle and Fr. Putthoff, as they have worked to heal and transform communities struggling with poverty and despair.
  • Learn about the importance and practical necessity of bring hope to young people suffering from poverty and violence.
  • Explore the practical ways that people of faith can bring hope and healing to communities in need, especially to young people.
  • Get inspired with new ideas and insights for yourself and your parish’s social outreach to our local communities in need.

Biography

Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ

Gregory Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, Calif. 

A Jesuit priest, from 1986 to 1992 Father Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church, then the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles, located between two large public housing projects with the highest concentration of gang activity in the city. 

Father Boyle witnessed the devastating impact of gang violence on his community during what he has called “the decade of death” that began in the late 1980s.  In the face of law enforcement tactics and criminal justice policies of suppression and mass incarceration as the means to end gang violence, Father Boyle and parish and community members adopted what was a radical approach at the time: treat gang members as human beings. 

By 1988, they started what would eventually become Homeboy Industries, now the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world.  Homeboy employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to over10,000 men and women who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life. 

Father Boyle is the author of the 2010 New York Times-bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.  His new book, Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship, will be published later this year. 

He is the subject of Academy Award-winner Freida Lee Mock’s 2012 documentary, G-Dog. He has received the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame.  In 2014, the White House named Father Boyle a Champion of Change.  He received the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics.

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Fr. Jeff Putthoff, SJ

Father Putthoffspent 16 years building Hopeworks ‘N Camden in Camden, N.J., an organization that uses trauma informed care to train youth, ages 14-23, in website design, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Salesforce technology. As the founder and executive director of the organization, Fr. Putthoff cultivated the relationships and created the framework for the organization that included three social enterprises. Hopeworks has worked with over 3,000 youth in one of the poorest and most underserved communities in America to transform their lives. Hopeworks youth have gained real-world work experience through using their technical training and skills with over 450 business clients. Many of the youth have gone on to earn their GED, attain internships and attend and complete college, and find rewarding jobs.

In addition to building an innovative and effective non-profit organization for youth, Fr. Putthoff has also served as an Ignatian Retreat Director in Philadelphia, Pa., an associate pastor at Holy Name Parish in Camden, N.J., and a high school teacher at St. Louis University High School in St. Louis, Mo. 

He has a Bachelor of Philosophy from St. Louis University and four master’s degrees: a Master in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania; a Master of Theology from Weston School of Theology; a Master of Divinity, also from Weston School of Theology; and a Master of English from Loyola University Chicago.


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