The University of Notre Dame is giving its top award to the founder of a Los Angeles-based gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program.
The university announced Monday it will award the Laetare Medal to the Rev. Gregory J. Boyle of Homeboy Industries at its commencement ceremony on May 21.
Homeboy Industries began in 1988 and now serves 10,000 men and women per year with services including tattoo removal and job training.
Since 1883, Notre Dame has awarded the Laetare Medal annually to American Catholics "whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the church and enriched the heritage of humanity." Previous recipients include President John F. Kennedy, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Speaker of the House John Boehner and actor Martin Sheen.