Gerry’s upcoming speaking events:

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February 9, 2013: Ventura, California: Our Lady of Assumption Church

March 5, 2013: Elma (Buffalo area), New York: St. Gabriel’s Church, 7pm

March 16, 2013: Little Falls, Minnesota: Secular Franciscan Retreat

May 31 – June 2, 2013: Santa Barbara, California: Poverty & Prayer Retreat at Old Mission Santa Barbara Renewal Center

Gerry’s past speaking engagements:

An essential part of our ministry to the poor is creating an awareness of the plight of the poor while also connecting it with our faith which compels us to relieve the suffering of unjust poverty, and we do this through presentations at churches and schools. The following is a list of churches, high schools and universities where Gerry Straub has shared his conversion story and communicated the need for people to help the poor, compelling his audience towards purposeful action. At each event, scenes from many films are screened.

The following are the colleges, high schools and grammar schools Gerry has visited and shown films:

Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills, California

University of Notre Dame in Indiana (2x)

St. Bonaventure University in upstate New York (5x)

University of Dayton in Ohio (3x)

Villanova University in Philadelphia

Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles (2x)

St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania

Canisius College in Buffalo, New York (2x)

Wheaton College in Chicago

Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia (5x)

Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (3x)

Siena College in Loudonville, New York

Cabrini College in Philadelphia

Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Holy Family University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island

University of Buffalo in Amherst, New York (2x)

The Catholic Theological Union in Chicago

Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania

Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington

The University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Adelphi University in Garden City, New York

Villa Maria College in Buffalo, New York

The Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy

The Emmanuel Community (4,500 young people) in Paray-le-Monial, France

Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, New York (3x)

Nazareth College in Rochester, New York (2x)

Bishop Hendricken High School in Providence, Rhode Island (3x)

St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, NY (2x)

St. Mary’s Diocesan High School in Lancaster, New York

Hamburg High School in Hamburg, New York

Mission College Prep in San Luis Obispo, California

Village Christian High School in Sunland, California

Catholic Memorial High School in Boston, Massachusetts

Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island

LaSalle Academy in Providence, Rhode Island

St. Mary’s Bay View Academy in East Providence, Rhode Island

Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, Georgia

Ursuline Academy in St. Louis, Missouri

St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Dover, New Hampshire

Beaumont School in Cleveland, Ohio

St. Ursula Academy in Toledo, Ohio

St. Francis High School in Toledo, Ohio

Fr. Judge High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Conwell-Eagan Catholic High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lexington Catholic High School in Lexington, Kentucky

St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois

Fr. Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Immaculate Heart High School in Hollywood, California

St. Martha’s Grammar School in Louisville, Kentucky

St. Agnes Grammar School in Louisville, Kentucky

St. Thomas Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota

St. John’s Jesuit High School in Toledo, Ohio

St. John Vianney High School  (St. Louis, Missouri)

Louisville High School in Woodland Hills, California

St. Francis Prep in Fresh Meadows, New York

St. Anthony’s High School in So. Huntington, New York

St. Francis High School in LaCañada, California (2x)

Aquinas Institute in Rochester, New York (2x)

The following are the churches Gerry has visited and shown films:

Padre Serra Church (Camarillo, California)

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (San Diego, CA)

Our Lady of Gethsemani Abbey (Trappist, Kentucky) (Thomas Merton’s Monastery)

St. Charles Borromeo Church  (Los Angeles, California) (3x)

Blessed Sacrament Church  (Los Angeles, California)

St. John Nuemann Church  (Santa Maria, California) (2x)

St. Francis of Assisi Church  (Silver Lake, California)

Holy Family Church  (South Pasadena, California)

St. Raphael Church  (Santa Barbara, California)

Old Mission Santa Barbara  (Santa Barbara, California)

Mission San Juan Bautista  (San Juan Bautista, California)

Mission Santa Ines  (Solvang, California) (2x)

St. Sebastian Church  (Santa Paula, California)

Faith Lutheran Church  (Canoga Park, California)

Religious Education Regional Conference  (Santa Barbara, California) (3x)

National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi  (San Francisco, California)

Temple Judea  (Encino, California)

Seventh Day Adventist Media Center  (Simi Valley, California)

Holy Trinity Church  (Washington, DC)

Corpus Christi Church  (New York, New York)

St. Mary of the Angels Church  (Williamsville, New York)

Kuntze Memorial Lutheran Church  (Omaha, Nebraska)

Salvation Army Headquaters  (Omaha, Nebraska)

Cathedral of the Assumption  (Louisville, Kentucky)

Franciscan Renewal Center  (Scottsdale, Arizona)

Pallottine Renewal Center  (Florissant, Missouri)

Our Lady of Good Counsel Church  (Detroit, Michigan) 2x

St. Francis of Assisi Church  (Raleigh, North Carolina) 2x

Christ Lutheran Church  (Valencia, California)

St. Joseph University Parish  (Buffalo, New York)

Evangelical Lutheran Church Association Youth Gathering  (San Antonio, TX)

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church  (Lake View, New York)

Incarnation Church  (Glendale, California)

St. Paul the Apostle Church  (Los Angeles, California)

St. Matthew’s Church  (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

American Martyrs Church  (Manhattan Beach, California) 4x

St. Mary Magdalen Church  (Camarillo, California) 3x

St. Jerome Church  (Westchester, California)

Holy Redeemer Church  (Montrose, California)

Nebraska Lutheran Synod  (Fremont, Nebraska)

Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral  (San Bernardino, California)

St. Pius X  (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton  (Hiawatha, Iowa)

Pastoral Life Center of the Diocese of San Bernardino, California

St. Paschal Baylon Church  (Thousand Oaks, California)

L.A. Religious Education Regional Congress  (Anaheim, California) (2x)

Pax Christi Church  (Lexington, Kentucky)

St. Bonaventure Church  (Huntington Beach, California)

Holy Name of Jesus Church  (Redland, California)

Good Shepherd Church  (Holbrook, New York)

Mary Immaculate Church  (Bellport, New York)

St. Anthony Church  (Casper, Wyoming)

St. Martha’s Church  (Louisville, Kentucky)

Highland Baptist Church  (Louisville, Kentucky)

St. Thomas More Church  (Narragansett, Rhode Island)

St. Mark’s Church  (Jamestown, Rhode Island)

St. Patrick’s Church  (Edina, Minnesota)

St. John Neumann Church  (Eagan, Minnesota)

Guardian Angels Church  (Oakdale, Minnesota)

Bethel Lutheran Church  (Encino, California)

St. Francis Xavier Church (Kansas City, Missouri)

Our Lady of the Assumption Church  (Ventura, California)

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral  (Toledo, Ohio)

St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church  (Buffalo, New York

Gerry Straub has also lead day-long retreats on the theme of poverty and prayer in California, Arizona, Missouri, Ohio, Connecticut, New York, Minnesota and Assisi, Italy. He has also spoken at national conferences for religion teachers and campus ministers held in Maryland, Ohio and Indiana. Gerry has also given his presentation to the Trappist monks at Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky and to the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn in New York City. In August of 2009 he gave a presentation at a gathering of over 5,000 young people in Paray-le-Monial, France.


2 Responses to “Calendar”


  1. 1 Terri June 12, 2013 at 12:05 am

    I remember when I attended Alvernia University me & 2 nuns went to Chestnut Hill College to listen to you lecture about poverty! I was the only student that signed up to go!

    I was enjoying reading your book I bought “”Thoughts of a Blind Beggar”

    The mediations in your book helped me to have a sense of peace! I live in poverty myself in a city in an Act 47 crisis with shortage of police, there were cuts in social service programs which not only affected consumers but…..a sporadic job I’ve relied on for 10 years there is no work there due to the funding cuts…………….I tried making a geographical change back home to Los Angeles, CA………

    I had been checking into shared living was “200 block of S Rampart Blvd” in 2006 before we met……..I was staying temporarily in San Bernardio so I’m sure you can imagine what I saw on my way home

    Your DVD “Rescue Me” is a favorite of mine I wasn’t where skid row is but, close to it…….. The people I met with for shared housing said I wasn’t far from home the 1500 Block of Talmadge St since it was getting dark I just went back to where I was staying temporarily………& came back East until I move again one day……

    I do also like the other DVD I bought “The Narrow Path” walking toward peace & nonviolence that’s the right way!!

    I enjoyed talking with you at Chestnut Hill College at lunch. I’d love to hear you speak again & will keep checking the calendar I do hope you 1 day you return to the Reading, PA area & even though

    This is my favorite quote on my website
    Favorite Quotations
    “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.”

    Unfortunately the book written by you that I bought at Chestnut Hill College “Thoughts of a Blind Beggar was stolen more than likely by a group of youth……..that I had seen on my fire escape there was a sign the said “No Trespassing” that my landlord had posted on the property……….I had to be somewhere so I let it go……….When I was gone though for a little while they must have got into my room I could tell by the things that were stolen……

    I could relate to the part in the book about finding God for me he had to be 1 I understood!! Since I have 19 years in recovery I choose to form my own concept of God……….

    Thank goodness whomever stole my things at least left my DVD’s alone or didn’t want them just the book with your signature……………I have prayed that they read some of the book & learned something from it……

    I remember had said to me you might be retiring back then I’d so glad to see you haven’t……..

    Sometime you said must have stuck with me at Alvernia I was going to switch my major from Social Work transfer student to Liberal Arts major except I wasn’t allowed to take even 1 class I wanted that I was interested in due to the 1 adviser……..Both advisers liked my art unfortunately there it was just a minor………….
    They said I could take classes with these majors besides classes from Art Minor……Communication♦: * Corporate * Film, Culture and Creative Arts * Journalism * Media Design and Production * Public Relations and Advertising * Theatre Studies, or classes in the Theology♦ major……..At one time I wold have liked any in the communication major just a job…….not in 2007 or now or ever………

    I’d rather keep volunteering at the local arts centers while I’m living in my present city, & also do some volunteer work for a local TV station!

    I hope you are showed with blessing, please keep writing books, writing
    & directing the truth of poverty & giving people hope!!

  2. 2 Ed Gerson July 6, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Hi Gerry:

    Why are you sending information from 2013? Maybe you posted the above in error. Hope all is well with you and Ecarlatte.

    Ed and Mickey


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