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The Sunrise of the Soul, a new book from Gerard Thomas Straub

Sunrise of the Soul: My journey from Hollywood to Haiti with Gerard Thomas Straub, OSF and joined by Fr. Dumarsais, Pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Port St. Lucie, FI.

The Sunrise of the Soul is the fruit of the last 24 years of Gerry Straub's unexpected new life and journey of transformation that took him from the glamour of Hollywood to the horror of the worst slums on earth. From being a network television producer to making documentary films on global poverty. Gerry now lives in a crowded slum in Haiti where he operates a home of hope and healing called the Santa Chiara Children's Center for 69 abandoned kids, 24 of whom are still in diapers. His photographs and journals of his young kids and coworkers living at the center are icons for those all over the world who are famished for love and our concern.

Living in a home with sixty-nine kids in Haiti means stillness and silence are virtually nonexistent. After four years of intense work in Haiti, Gerry now commits himself to the rejuvenating power of authentic solitude in order to turn his attention to his own inner spiritual poverty. In the silent predawn darkness of each Haitian morning he waits, reflects and prays for two hours. This book emerged slowly from those many lonely hours of silence.

We invite you to join us for Gerry's book launch where we will share a short video of his work, hear powerful and transforming stories from his life, and learn why his new book Sunrise of the Soul: Meditations on Prayerful Stillness, Silence, Solitude, and Service in the Spirit of St. Francis of Assisi is relevant today.


A Home of Hope & Healing for Kids

Santa Chiara Children’s Center is a beehive of activity where poor kids come to eat, to play, to learn crafts, to feel safe, and to be able to laugh, sing, and paint… and even to learn to read and write English.

It’s a place for kids to be kids and escape the dangers of the streets.

our work in action

A Home of Hope & Healing for Kids

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The Sun & Moon Over Assisi, a book from Gerard Thomas Straub

"I found the story of Francis life to be extremely interesting. He inflamed my imagination. Writing about him, in truth, was a way for me to get to know him better. I didn't realize it, but it was also a way for me to get to know God better.... Francis became my guide, showing me the way." (from a Pilgrimage Diary)

The Sun and Moon Over Assisi reveals how the lives of the two medieval saints from Assisi--Francis and Clare--helped to transform the life of a thoroughly modern cynic from Los Angeles, California. The major events of the lives of the two saints are unfolded here in a series of vivid and engaging stories.

Alongside the history of Francis and Clare, another story unfolds: the story of the spiritual transformation of the author, Hollywood filmmaker and television producer Gerard Straub, illustrating how Francis and Clare still speak to the present-day, secularized person. The author takes the reader with him, in a series of pilgrimage diaries and reflections, to the beautiful Italian sites important to the two saints. With Straub, we traverse the charming Umbrian hill towns, including Assisi, tour its churches and examine the art of Giotto found there. The Sun and Moon Over Assisi tells of an interior pilgrimage that will inspire the modern reader.
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Santa Chiara Children’s Center
P.O. Box 970
Ft. Pierce, FL 34954

Santa Chiara Children’s Center
Delmas 33, Prolonge St. Clare, 24
Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Personal correspondence for staff or the kids may be sent to the Haiti address, but please do not send packages or checks or cash.

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