Gerard Thomas Straub, an award-winning author, documentary filmmaker and former television producer, will give a presentation titled “Poverty, Prayer and Faith” in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19.
The St. Bonaventure University event, sponsored by the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University Ministries and the Franciscan Heritage Semester Study Abroad Program, will feature clips of Straub’s work in Haiti, Peru, Kenya and Uganda.
The presentation is open to the public and will also serve as a plenary meeting for Clare 401.
Straub received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from St. Bonaventure in 2003.
Straub had a distinguished career as a television producer, including the drama series “General Hospital,” before turning his talents to helping impoverished citizens in Haiti, Peru, Kenya and Uganda. This resulted in impressive work, including the creation of many films and books and an active ministry speaking at schools and parishes throughout the country.
Straub is the author of the critically acclaimed book “The Sun and Moon Over Assisi,” which offers inspirational reflections on St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare of Assisi, and his latest book, “Hidden in the Rubble,” examines life in Haiti following that country’s devastating earthquake in 2010.
Straub has lectured and shown his films at the University of Notre Dame, St. Bonaventure, the University of Dayton, Loyola Marymount University, Canisius College, Mount Mercy College, Siena College, Wheaton College, Calvin College, Chestnut Hill College, Alvernia University, Gonzaga University, the Catholic Theological Union and the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy.
As a Secular Franciscan, Straub is the founder and former president of The San Damiano Foundation, which produces films that celebrate the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan concern for the poor, social justice, peace, non-violence, prayer and the integrity of creation. Straub lives in Burbank, Calif.
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