When Did I See You Hungry?

Photographed and Written by Gerard Thomas Straub — Book 276 pgs.
Publisher: St. Anthony Messenger Press (2002)
ISBN: 9780867165029


GERARD THOMAS STRAUB is the author of the critically acclaimed The Sun and Moon Over Assisi: A Personal Encounter with Francis and Clare (St. Anthony Messenger Press), a book of reflections on the two saints of Assisi that earned the 2001 Catholic Press Association first place award for Spirituality—Hardcover books and was named one of Spirituality & Health magazine’s Best Spiritual Books of 2001. Mr. Straub is also the author of Dear Kate, a novel, and Salvation for Sale, a nonfictional look at the world of televangelism. Mr. Straub has had a long and distinguished career as a television producer and director. He produced, wrote and directed We Have a Table for Four Ready, a documentary film on the St. Francis Inn, a soup kitchen in the slums of Philadelphia operated by Franciscan friars, and Room Enough for Joy, a documentary film that tells the story of L’Arche community in Tacoma, Washington. Mr. Straub also directed Glidepath to Recovery, a documentary film that showcases the work of a diocesan priest in Albany, New York, who works with drug addicts and ex-convicts. The three films have aired on many PBS stations. Mr. Straub has also produced numerous television shows for CBS, NBC and ABC, including the wildly popular soap opera General Hospital. Mr. Straub annually teaches a month-long course on film writing and directing at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Bread for the World, a Washington, D.C.-based Christian organization that lobbies Congress on behalf of the rights of the poor. He founded and is president of the San Damiano Foundation that provides funds to communicate through films the spirituality of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. Mr. Straub is a Secular Franciscan and lives in North Hollywood, California, with his wife and two dogs.


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When Did I See You Hungry?

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This book is about poverty and our responsibility to help those who are forced to live on the margins of society. The photographs in this book depict real people—suffering souls whose lives are spent in the harshly cruel prison of poverty. To look into their eyes, eyes that are profoundly human and tragically sad, compels the observer to want to do something to relieve the pain, to end the misery. — From the Introduction

"Gerry Straub is a modern-day Francis, jolting us into the truth by the power of images." — Giacomo Bini, O.F.M., Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor

Drawn by the values and example of Francis of Assisi, filmmaker and author Gerard Straub spent months living among the poor of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit, Toronto, Rome, Nairobi, Brazil, India, the Philippines and Jamaica. "Armed only with a pen and a 35-mm camera," he listened to their stories, photographing the men, women and children who live desperate lives of poverty and hunger.

When Did I See You Hungry? is a powerful exploration of the desperation and squalor that is the plight of the poor.

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