In conjunction with Homeboy Industries of Los Angeles, the Catholic Sentinel will offer online screenings of the recent film “Homeboy Joy Ride,” and then host an online interview with the ministry’s founder, Jesuit Father Greg Boyle.

The film, produced by Paul Steinbroner, explores the people of Homeboy Industries, an enterprise in which former gang members and ex-convicts come into community, run businesses, and transform their lives.

“This place wants to stand against forgetting that we belong to each other,” Father Boyle says in the film. “That’s at the root of all the things that are wrong with the world. It’s born of the notion that there might be lives out there that matter less than other lives and we stand against that notion.”

Father Boyle, a Gonzaga University alumnus and author of the New York Times-bestselling book “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion,” served as pastor of Dolores Mission in Los Angeles 1986-1992. It was the poorest parish in the archdiocese and the district had the highest concentration of gang violence in the city. There were 1,000 gang-related deaths in Los Angeles in 1992.

Father Boyle and parishioners decided to do something radical in that “tough on crime era”: treat gang members as human beings.

“These are exactly the people Jesus stood with,” the white-bearded priest told the Sentinel in 2011.

In 1988, Father Boyle and the parish started Homeboy Industries, which employs and trains former gang members in social enterprises and provides services to thousands of men and women who walk through the doors each year seeking a better life.

Father Boyle this month received an honorary doctorate from the University of Portland. In 2017, he was given the University of Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal, the oldest honor given to U.S. Catholics. Father Boyle serves on the California Economic and Job Recovery Task Force as a response to COVID-19.

Steinbroner, a Catholic who lives in Wenatchee, Washington, has produced and distributed 50 films on the neuropharmacology of addiction and published eight editions of the health textbook “Uppers, Downers, All Arounders.”