Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J. Shares Insight in Emmaus: The Nature of the Way Foreword
It's the moment you have all been waiting for! We are thrilled to announce who wrote the foreword for Emmaus: The Nature of the Way! As we mentioned in our last blog post, this announcement is only one of the many to look forward to as we ring in 2017. That being said, we feel so fortunate to have the incredible Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J. share his wisdom and carefully crafted words in the foreword, which will serve as a preface to the stories shared throughout the Emmaus: The Nature of the Way book.
Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J. is very influential in the Catholic and Jesuit world, best known for his work as the founder of Homeboy Industries, located in East Los Angeles. Homeboy Industries was initially started to provide services for the high percentage of gang members and the incarcerated in the Boyle Heights area of East L.A. Fr. Boyle was motivated to help transform their lives, through work opportunities and educational programs. It all started in 1988, and has since grown to also include the wildly successful Homeboy Bakery, Homegirl Café and more.
Fr. Boyle also has a special connection to Loyola Marymount University (LMU), the home of those featured in Emmaus: The Nature of the Way. He received his M.A. in English from LMU in 1985. His book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, was featured as one of LMU's "common books," which thematically guide students into the new academic year. Oh yeah — he also happens to be a Jesuit!
Needless to say, Fr. Boyle has played an instrumental role at LMU and in the greater Catholic community. In his endeavors, he is always committed to serving the greater good, and we are elated to have him as part of the Emmaus team. His foreword is incredibly inspiring, as he chronicles what it means to be on the road to Emmaus and on the journey of life. Check out an exclusive piece of the foreword — which captures the essence of this book — below!
"Chris Yates and his crew have fashioned in word and photograph a fully human capturing of my brother Jesuits in the community at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. I personally see in these faces heroes, mentors, former teachers, 'compañeros,' friends, and above all, men on fire. The accompanying narrative reveals not just a depth of spirit and maturity in religious life but, in fact, a mansion ... one with many rooms. The humanity and spaciousness of grace in their lives is revealed with great clarity in these images and their deeply resonant reflections. The entire book, in fact, is a sort of an 'examen' of consciousness."
-Father Greg Boyle, S.J., an excerpt of his foreword in Emmaus: The Nature of the Way