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First-Year Text

Hello New Ramblers! Read the Text before Convocation on August 22!

2014-2015 First-Year Text

Welcome to the University! Each year, Loyola's first-year students read the same book over the summer. This gives the incoming class a common experience and an example of the values and mission that we hold dear here at Loyola. Students are invited to reflect on the book and submit an essay for the First-Year Essay Contest. In many first-year writing classes, students will have an opportunity to discuss and write about this year's First-Year Text:

Tattoos on the Heart by Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J.

This story is quite compelling. While reading the book, we are confident you will want to learn more. Open your mind and your heart to the issues that matter in our world. This is just the start of your Loyola education.


"Tattoos on the Heart is a series of parables about kinship and redemption from pastor, activist, and renowned speaker, Father Gregory Boyle.

For twenty years, Father Gregory Boyle has run Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles—also known as the gang capital of the world. In Tattoos on the Heart, he has distilled his experience working in the ghetto into a breathtaking series of parables inspired by faith...

This is a motivating look at how to stay faithful in spite of failure, how to meet the world with a loving heart, and how to conquer shame with boundless, restorative love." --Amazon book description


See this video statement from Fr. Boyle and some of his Homies about the book. 


Welcome to Loyola!

For more information or questions about your First-Year Text, please contact the Office of First-Year Experience at 773.508.7381 or firstyearexperience@luc.edu.


The Office of First Year Experience · 255 Sullivan Center 1032 West Sheridan Road, Chicago IL 60660
Phone: 773.508.7381 · Website: www.luc.edu/firstyearexperience

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