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IWKnights Corner for May 1, 20223rd Sunday of Easter

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Father Stu Long (left, with crutches) and Father Bart Tolleson were ordained to the priesthood by Bishop George Thomas of Helena on Dec. 14, 2007, in the Cathedral of St. Helena. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Helena.

Looking for a good movie to attend, rent or purchase this spring or summer?  Consider “Father Stu” – “a Fighter for God” the story of a bad boy turned Knight of Columbus and priest.

“Jaws dropped in Helena, Mont., when Father Stuart ‘Stu’ Long was ordained a priest in 2007.

‘I knew a Stu Long in high school, but it can’t be the same guy,’ was the reaction of one former classmate. The Stu he had known growing up in Helena had muscled and gabbed his way through street fights, football games and boxing matches before becoming a bouncer and then a bit actor in Hollywood.

But Stu’s course veered radically after a near-death experience and spiritual conversion led him to seminary; it changed again when he was diagnosed with the degenerative disease that would lead to his death at age 50.  The one-time terror of Helena spent his last years in a nursing home with lines of people outside his door waiting a turn for confession and counsel.

The life of Father Stu Long, who is the subject of a new film starring Mark Wahlberg, proves that God puts mischief makers to good use.  A fearless, one-of-a-kind priest and member of Helena Council 844, Father Stu seems to have become a spiritual giant precisely because he was a loose cannon who eventually emitted light and hope amid suffering.

‘It seemed like the more that was taken away from him, the stronger his faith got,’ said Grand Knight Bruce Norum of Sts. Cyril and Methodius KofC Council 10576 in East Helena, who helped lead retreats with Father Stu.  ‘His faith was untouchable. It wouldn’t break.’”

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Links Related to this week’s column:

A Fighter for God

As a fatal disease weakened his body, former boxer Father Stu Long drew strength from his faith.

 By Ed Langlois - Knights of Columbus Columbia Magazine (4/1/2022)
   Click here to read the article 

FR. STU EXCLUSIVE: Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson & Rosalind Ross

RAYMOND ARROYO's EXCLUSIVE interview with MARK WAHLBERG, MEL GIBSON and screenwriter/director ROSALIND ROSS about their inspirational and very personal new film, FATHER STU in theaters on Wednesday, April 13.

 By The World Over (EWTN)(4/7/2022)
   Click here to read the video 

Father Stu: Montana Priest and Knight of Columbus

The course of Stuart “Stu” Long’s life veered radically after a near-death experience and spiritual conversion led him to seminary; it changed again when he was diagnosed with the degenerative disease that would lead to his death at age 50. The life of this extraordinary Montana priest and member of Helena (Mont.) Council 844 is now captured in Father Stu, a new film starring Mark Wahlberg and in theaters April 13. Those close to Father Stu reflect on his life, ministry and how the new film captures his spirit.

 By Knights of Columbus)(4/12/2022)
   Click here to read the video 

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