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Illustrations by Father Ron Raab appear in Stations of the Cross for abuse victims

By VERONICA AMBUUL
02/19/2021 | Comments

COLORADO SPRINGS. Holy Cross Father Ronald Raab, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Colorado Springs, is the illustrator of a new book titled “The Stations of the Cross in Atonement for Abuse and for the Healing of All,” published by Liturgical Press.

The author of the book is Father Paul Turner, who is a priest of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Father Turner is pastor of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City and director of the Office of Divine Worship for the diocese. He is also the author of numerous books and articles.

Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop James Johnston, who is Chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People, commissioned Father Turner to write “The Stations of the Cross.” Working with material he had gathered from a group of people who had been abused by clergy, Father Turner wrote the text of the stations, and it was first introduced in the Diocese of Kansas-City-St. Joseph during Lent of 2019, Father Raab said.

“The text is stunning,” Father Raab said. “In each of the stations is the voice of a person who’s been abused.”

When Liturgical Press began planning to publish the book, an editor at the company proposed Father Raab as the illustrator.

“They wanted something that was really going to capture people’s attention,” he said. “I received the invitation to illustrate these scriptural moments in January/February of 2020. Then, of course, in March 2020, everything shut down because of COVID-19. The project was not due until summer, so one of the graces of the pandemic was that I was given time to consider these images, to react with my entire being to the profound text written by Father Turner.”

For more information or to order copies of “Stations of the Cross in Atonement for Abuse and for the Healing of All,” visit https://litpress.org or Amazon.com


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