Men and the Nun
In his first book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, Fr. Gregory Boyle introduced us to Homeboy Industries, the largest gang-intervention program in the world. Now, after the successful expansion of Homeboy Industries, Boyle returns with Barking to the Choirto reveal how compassion is transforming the lives of gang members. In a nation deeply divided and plagued by poverty and violence, Barking to the Choir offers a snapshot into the challenges and joys of life on the margins. Sergio, arrested at nine, in a gang by twelve, and serving time shortly thereafter, now works with the substance-abuse team at Homeboy to help others find sobriety. Jamal, abandoned by his family when he tried to attend school at age seven, gradually finds forgiveness for his schizophrenic mother. New father Cuco, who never knew his own dad, thinks of a daily adventure on which to take his four-year-old son. These former gang members uplift the soul and reveal how bright life can be when filled with unconditional love and kindness.
Join with other men to reflect on, study and discuss this book.
October 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; 7-8:15 PM in Carr Room.
There is no fee, but registration is required because we need a minimum of ten men for a good discussion. Registration deadline is September 24. You will be notified if we have to cancel the group. Books available at most bookstores or library. Please read Intro and chapters 1 & 2 for first session. – Sister Teresa