Fr. Michael Engh, SCU President

Adam Hays

2011 poster. Quotation on the poster: "Reading inspires me, stimulates my imagination, and offers me insights into the human experience."


Reading introduces me to moving biographies, histories, poetry, and plays that inspire me, stimulate my imagination, and reveal insights into humanity. Stacked high on my list of favorites are the biography of Robert Noyce, founder of Intel; Death Comes for the Archbishop, with the beautiful prose (and limited history) of Willa Cather; the autobiographical trilogy of our own Francisco Jimenez; the sweeping Parting of the Waters that brings the reader through the Civil Rights movement; A Man for All Seasons, Robert Bolt's insightful exploration of conscience versus conformity; Shusako Endo's Silence with its description of betrayal and the discovery of grace; and the poetry of Mary Oliver in Thirst in which she explores the spiritual dimensions of our lives. In my hands, though, is the most moving of all: Tattoos on the Heart by Greg Boyle, S.J. Tattoos captures Greg's poignant reflections on 30 years working with youth at risk and helping young people escape la vida loca of gangs in my hometown of Los Angeles.