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Event:VIRTUAL - Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion Virtual Book discussion
Date:September 30th to October 21st, 2022.

  

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

Virtual Book discussion

September 30, October 7, 14, and 21, 2022 - Fridays, 10:30am – 11:30am

Facilitated by Jo Ann Bourquard

 

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly...”  (1 Peter 4:8)

In a time of great polarity, when ideas of “other” permeate everything we read or watch on TV, witness the transformative power of tenderness, boundless compassion and radical kinship with Fr. Greg Boyle. Arranged by theme and filled with sparkling humor and glowing generosity, Boyle’s essays offer a stirring look at how full our lives could be if we could find the joy in loving others and in being loved unconditionally.

Rooted in a lifetime of experience counseling gang members in Los Angeles, Boyle’s essays about universal kinship and redemption are moving examples of the power of unconditional love and the importance of fighting despair. Gorgeous and uplifting, Tattoos on the Heart reminds us that no life is less valuable than another.

“A spiritual masterpiece touching the innermost sanctum of the human soul. Boyle approaches each person as a child of God and fully deserving of love and compassion. His capacity to reach the heart of the most hardened, and to see the best in everyone, inspires. I laughed, wept, and underlined on virtually every page."  Kerry Kennedy, Founder of the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights.

 

ABOUT FR. GREG BOYLE

A native Angeleno and Jesuit priest, from 1986 to 1992 Father Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church in Boyle Heights, then the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles that also had the highest concentration of gang activity in the city.

Father Boyle witnessed the devastating impact of gang violence on his community during the so-called “decade of death” that began in the late 1980s and peaked at 1,000 gang-related killings in 1992.  In the face of law enforcement tactics and criminal justice policies of suppression and mass incarceration as the means to end gang violence, he and parish and community members adopted what was a radical approach at the time: treat gang members as human beings.

In 1988 they started what would eventually become Homeboy Industries, which employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to thousands of 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 book, Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship, was published in 2017. His newest book, The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness, was published in 2021.

He has received the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame.  In 2014, President Obama named Father Boyle a Champion of Change.   He received the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal, the oldest honor given to American Catholics. Currently, he serves as a committee member of California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Economic and Job Recovery Task Force as a response to COVID-19.

Visit Fr. Greg's Homeboys Industries website.

 

Virtual book discussion facilitated by Jo Ann Bourquard

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JoAnn Bourquard is a seasoned spiritual director who believes that spiritual companioning is a means of healing the soul and, ultimately, the world.  She holds the belief that “an unreflected life is not worth living” and that sharing our life story with one who is trained to listen deeply is a path toward personal growth and connection with the Divine.
 
JoAnn is a retreat director and workshop facilitator. She has a particular interest in journaling and using literature as a means of awakening the soul. With a Master’s Degree in Spirituality and a certificate in Women’s Leadership, JoAnn is a Supervisor to those in formation to become spiritual directors and trains other supervisors. She especially connects with nature as a way into deeper contemplation and joy. She is also experienced in teaching the Enneagram.
 
JoAnn presents a range of programs throughout the Northeast and is involved in the spiritual discernment process with individuals and groups in transition. She accompanies people of all faiths, including those seeking but not identifying with a particular tradition. She has accompanied men and women with serious illnesses, those who are dying, and people dealing with grief and loss of all types.

 

 




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