2021 Addiction Policy Forum Pillar of Excellence Award to Father Gregory Boyle

Updated: Jul 17



The 2021 Addiction Policy Forum Pillar of Excellence Award is awarded to

Father Gregory Boyle


Presented annually, this award is to honor those in the field who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in improving our response to individuals with substance use disorders and communities in need.


Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J. is the Founder and Executive Director of Homeboy Industries.

Father Gregory Boyle was born in Los Angeles and is one of eight children. He entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1972 and was ordained a priest in 1984. He received his BA in English from Gonzaga University, an MA in English from Loyola Marymount University and advanced theology degrees from The Weston School of Theology and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.


He has taught at Loyola High School in Los Angeles; was chaplain in the Islas Marias Penal Colony in Mexico and at Folsom prison and worked with Christian Base Communities in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He was appointed pastor of Dolores Mission Church in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1986 where he served through 1992. Homeboy Industries was born in 1988 and is now the largest gang intervention, re-hab and re-entry program in the United States.


Addiction Policy Forum and our national network of patients and families are deeply grateful for Father Boyle's work at Homeboy Industries, creating a revolutionary gang intervention, substance use disorder treatment for those in need, and critical reentry services.


Learn more about Father Gregory Boyle here.


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