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10/18/2012 12:16:00 PM
Many media help link prayer, service
Photo contributed by Fr. Ron Raab
Holy Cross Fr. Ronald Raab records a session for the radio.
Photo contributed by Fr. Ron Raab
Holy Cross Fr. Ronald Raab records a session for the radio.

Father Ronald Raab launched a new website and blog last summer, “Broken But Not Divided.” Listeners can stream the Holy Cross priest’s weekly radio show, On the Margins, from the website. Father Raab maintains a Facebook Page, as well as a YouTube channel, where he cross promotes the articles and books he publishes, as well as his radio appearances from KBVM.

Father Raab is clearly a savvy user of technology. But he hasn’t always been, the priest said.

“I have learned the technology through the people who have been wiling to help me,” Father Raab said.  “I’ve had some great mentors.”

Nine years ago, when he began writing for magazines and other publications, Father Raab realized that he would need a central location to access those stories and reflections. He began a radio show eight years ago, and those sessions also seemed they would be well-placed on a website.

The priest’s use of social media and the web to promote his work with people living on the margins in Portland has helped raise awareness of the connection between prayer and service, and the Eucharist and justice, across the globe.

“I have people from all over the world looking at the website, and I receive emails occasionally and responses from folks in other countries,” he said.

In celebration of the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of Vatican II, Father Raab has written a Year of Faith Retreat, which will be updated monthly through November 2013.

The audio files and written texts are available at ronaldraab.com.

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