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Gerard Thomas Straub

Gerard Thomas Straub (GTS) is a documentary filmmaker who produces films focused on the plight of the poor and some of the heroic people who minister to them. A Secular Franciscan, GTS is also an award-winning author with three honorary doctorates in recognition of his work. 
Desiring a more direct service to the poor, he established and directs the Santa Chiara Children’s Center. Located in Haiti, the Center is home to over 40 children from infants to teenagers.

After a career as a wealthy Hollywood producer and director, Gerry experienced a dramatic conversion. He felt called by God to put the power of film at the service of the poor. Influenced by the life and spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi and Thomas Merton, he now leads others to a deeper spirituality and the preferential option for the poor through his life, witness, and daily journal (which can be found at

We invite you to join GTS for an engaging presentation and reflection that will affirm and inspire you to care for the poor in our communities, in Haiti, and throughout the world.

To Schedule a “Poverty & Prayer” Presentation


Pax et Bonum Communications
P.O. Box 643308
Vero Beach, FL 32964
The presentations are offered free of charge, though Gerry will gratefully accept donations to Pax et Bonum Communications or the Santa Chiara Children’s Center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
For events outside of Florida, schools, churches and other organizations would need to cover (at least partially) Gerry’s transportation and housing expenses.
Please visit Pax et Bonum Communications’ web site at
To learn about Gerry’s home for abandon children in Haiti visit
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