Back from Iowa

I’m just back from a week in Iowa where I gave three full-day retreats (in three different cities) to the faith formation leaders, youth ministers and Catholic school administratirs of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, as well as a 90-minute presentation to 500 students at a Catholic high school in a fourth city. Here is an endoresement from someone who attended one of the retreat days:
“Pax et Bonum Communications made the Paschal Mystery come to life for me. I am grateful for Gerry Straub’s presentation to the Faith Formation Leaders and Catholic School Administrators that took place on October 14, 2013. Through his videos and very candid presentation, Gerry brought a very uncomfortable topic to our hearts. It was a difficult day. The images of poverty and illness from throughout the world haunt me still, as I’m sure they will haunt Gerry forever. Yet, he did not shy away from the reality of these issues. And, just as important, he did not use this issue to sell a product or raise money for his own benefit; instead, he used the issue to challenge his audience into a closer relationship with Jesus. Gerry Straub’s presentation on Christian prayer in the light of suffering called me to a deeper awareness of suffering in the world and in my own life. More importantly, it helped me to connect with the suffering of Jesus. The conversation was not candy-coated or superficial. It went straight to the hearts of us all. It was a refreshingly mature conversation about a topic that cannot immediately be solved. It was difficult, sickening, painful, and sorrowful, but it was genuine and the obvious truth. But, as the Paschal Mystery teaches us, suffering brings life. Gerry’s presentation was also a glimmer of hope, the hope of Jesus and the hope of Christians who will respond to His call to love ‘the least of these.’ His presentation broke my heart and filled it at the same time.”

-Kevin Feyen

Director of Adolescent Faith Formation

Archdiocese of Dubuque

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