[NEWS] At the mercy of Father Boyle and a nun with plans for pope's visit
So a Jesuit priest and a Sister of Mercy nun walked into Homegirl Cafe, and for a moment, it seemed that anything was possible, up to and including world peace.
Not just any priest, but Father Gregory Boyle of Homeboy Industries. And not just any nun, but Sister Mary Scullion of Project HOME in Philadelphia. I'm coming up on 40 years of telling stories, and in that time, I haven't come upon anyone who's done more good in the world than Boyle and Scullion.
Boyle has offered gang members a way out of that life since 1988, beginning at Dolores Mission in Boyle Heights. I met Scullion in 1985 while working in Philadelphia, where she ventured onto icy winter streets to reel in homeless women with severe mental illness. Since then, she's built a supportive housing empire, transforming more and more lives each year.