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Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries, to receive Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal

Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California and 2016 Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice keynote speaker will receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal — the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics — at Notre Dame’s 172nd University commencement ceremony on May 21.

Where Hope Breaks Through

My students, like all Americans, have been inundated with words that spread hatred, fear, and racism. What they discovered in the pages of Tattoos on the Heart was a truth that exists in stark contrast to the messages of our world: You are loved. Your voice matters. Your life matters.