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2021-2022 Community Read

Cheverus has selected Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship by Fr. Gregory Boyle, SJ for the Community Read for next year. All students, faculty, and staff are required to read this selection over the summer in preparation for discussions and programming for next year. 

In his first book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, Fr. Gregory Boyle introduced us to Homeboy Industries, the largest gang-intervention program in the world. Critics hailed that book as an “astounding literary and spiritual feat” (Publishers Weekly) that is “destined to become a classic of both urban reportage and contemporary spirituality” (Los Angeles Times). Now, after the suc­cessful expansion of Homeboy Industries, Boyle returns with Barking to the Choir to reveal how com­passion is transforming the lives of gang members.

Summer reading has been a long tradition at Cheverus, but an ever-evolving one. This is the seventh year that we have selected a book to be read over the summer by the entire community. Each one has been picked by a different department on a rotating basis.  In 2020, All American Boys was chosen by our Equity and Inclusion Team. Craig and Fred was the History Department's selection in 2019. Other recent community-wide reads have included Salt to the Sea, Station Eleven, Parched and One Goal. Having everyone in the school community read the same book and share their reflections about that common experience builds community and mutual understanding. This year's selection was chosen as the Society of Jesus celebrates the Ignatian Year.