Friday, October 30, 2009
Homeboy Industries Founder Fr. Greg Boyle and Fellow Catholics Highlighted on CatholicTV
During the week beginning November 2nd, CatholicTV will air a special program which highlights Catholics putting their faith into action. The special program is called Faith Works Across the USA (Faith Works). Faith Works takes a look at numerous Catholic ministries and the lay persons, priests, and religious involved. These ministries include Homeboy Industries, which is a special organization which works with formerly gang-involved youth to help them with job placement, training, and education. Fr.Greg Boyle, S.J. founded Homeboy Industries and during the Faith Works television program, he mentions how on many occasions he’s been in the crossfire of gang shootings. Father Boyle also shares his personal experience of presiding at the funerals and burials of 134 of the kids he has worked with in his ministry.
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Faith Works highlights several other ministries including the Youth Migrant Project; a volunteer organization which consists largely of young people from the Archdiocese of Seattle. The teens spend a week or more serving at day care centers, staffing food pantries and other service centers which support migrant workers in the area. After witnessing the impoverished living conditions of the workers, many of the young people involved with the program leave with an enhanced appreciation for their own luxuries such as having their own bedrooms and access to showers.
Another ministry featured on Faith Works is the Café Reconcile which resides in a high-crime area near downtown New Orleans. Café Reconcile was founded by another Jesuit priest named Fr. Harry Tompson, S.J. Café Reconcile also employs at-risk youths and teaches them the skills they need to gain and sustain employment.
The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) Communications funds projects such as Faith Works through the Catholic Communications Campaign. “ Faith Works is a collection of videos showing people, places and programs affecting faith in our everyday lives” and is produced by the USCCB to promote Gospel values. CatholicTV airs specials such as Faith Works each week. In addition to the USCCB, dioceses, religious communities, independent film makers and apostolates from all over the nation and the world produce documentary pieces which CatholicTV airs in a programming block entitled CatholicTV Presents. This programming block is established to share the Good News and works that Catholics are called to in the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.
Air times for CatholicTV Presents each week are (EST): Monday 2:00PM Tuesday 10:30PM Wednesday 4:00PM Thursday 6:30AM Friday 9:30PM Saturday 10:30AM Sunday 2:00AM
More information on CatholicTV presents is available at: http://www.catholictv.com/shows/default.aspx?seriesID=26