Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J. – Fr. Greg Boyle is the founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries. From 1986 to 1992, Boyle was pastor of Dolores Mission Church in Los Angeles, at the time the poorest Catholic parish in the city, located near two large public housing projects and the territories of numerous gangs. In the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, he and his community launched their first social enterprise business, Homeboy Bakery. In the ensuing years, the success of the bakery created the groundwork for additional social enterprise businesses that evolved into an independent nonprofit organization, Homeboy Industries. Today, Homeboy Industries employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to over 10,000 men and women who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life.
In May, Boyle will receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal — the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics. A month later, he will be a keynote speaker at the WUJA 2017 Congress at John Carroll University.
Rev. Timothy P. Kesicki, S.J. – Fr. Timothy P. Kesicki, SJ, is the President of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Jesuit Conference promotes common goals and oversees international projects for the Society of Jesus. As Conference President, Fr. Kesicki works with the Jesuit Provincials of the United States and Canada in implementing programs, represents the Conference internationally and serves as the religious superior of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California. Kesicki has been a contributor for CNN and MSNBC for discussion on Pope Francis and The Vatican.
Katherine Marshall is a senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, where she leads the Center’s program on Religion and Global Development, and is Professor of the Practice of Development, Conflict, and Religion. Marshall focused over a long career in international development as a World Bank officer where she worked in Africa, Latin America, and East Asia, most recently with a mandate to address ethics and values. She helped to create and now serves as the executive director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue.
Christopher Lowney – Chris Lowney chairs the board of Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the nation’s largest healthcare/hospital systems with some $19 billion in assets. He is a one-time Jesuit seminarian who later served as a Managing Director of J.P. Morgan & Co in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and London until leaving the firm in 2001. He is a popular keynote speaker who has lectured in more than two-dozen countries on leadership, business ethics, decision-making and other topics. He is the author of four books. Heroic Leadership, a #1 ranked bestseller of the CBPA, has been translated into eleven languages. He is also author of Heroic Living, and A Vanished World. His latest work, Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads , has been called, “an invaluable gift”, and “a book for the ages.”
Dikembe Mutombo – NBA Legend Dikembe Mutombo was born in the capital city of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mutombo is the seventh of ten children born to Samuel and the late Biamba Marie Mutombo. He arrived in the United States in 1987 on an academic scholarship to attend Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. In his second year at Georgetown, Coach John Thompson invited the 7’2″ Mutombo to try out for the university’s renowned basketball team. After joining the team, Mutombo re-directed his pre-med ambitions and graduated from Georgetown with dual degrees in Linguistics and Diplomacy. He is fluent in nine languages, including five African languages. He played professional basketball for 18 years before retiring from the Houston Rockets in 2009, at which time NBA Commissioner David Stern appointed Mutombo to the newly created position of Global Ambassador. Mutombo is the Chairman and President of the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation which he created in 1997 to improve the health, education and quality of life for the people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In December 2007, the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital opened in the Congo. Named in memory of Mutombo’s beloved mother, the hospital has treated over 100,000 men, women and children.
Rev. Peter Balleis, SJ, is the director of Jesuit Worldwide Learning – Higher Education at the Margins (JWL), a collaborative global initiative that provides certificate and diploma programs to those who live in refugee camps and in places where higher learning is out of reach. Originally from Bavaria, Germany, Fr. Balleis joined the Jesuits in 1981, and later began working at Jesuit Refugee Service, where he served as international director for eight years. It was there that Fr. Balleis developed many of Jesuit Worldwide Learning’s overseas sites, which are present in a number of countries including Malawi, Jordan and Afghanistan.
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