Stuart long was a priest in the Diocese of Helena in the United States. His life reads like a ready-made movie. Mark Wahlberg so I didn’t think twice when asked to take on the lead role. In fact, he decided to co-invest in the production.
Mel Gibson, this other famous hollywood catholic plays the priest’s father. It is not yet clear exactly when the film will be released, but recordings have started.
Stuart Long, from boxer to priest
He was intense in his worldly life and he was intense in his priesthood, said Dan Bartleson, head of communications for the Diocese of Helena. His example was transformative. Bart Tolleson, priest and old friend of Stuart, adds: His conversion was phenomenal, moving from an agnostic troublemaker to a mystical encounter with God.
Stuart, or Stu to Friends, made a name for himself in boxing after an eventful school career. In 1985, he won the Montana Golden Gloves Championship. When he had to have jaw surgery after a fight, he gave up boxing and started an acting career. At the same time, he was working in a nightclub. Despite some success as an extra and in the advertising world, he gave up after a few years and went to work for the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, where he became director.
One day he was hit by a car on his way home. The doctors had already given up on him, but Stu had succeeded.
At the hospital, he had an overwhelming religious experience that made him want to be baptized.
In administering the sacrament he felt called to be a priest. First, he taught religion for 3 years in a high school, where he was also a wrestling trainer. We write 2003 when he entered Oregon seminary.
During his training as a priest, Stu underwent hip surgery in which a tumor the size of a fist was discovered. He turned out to be suffering from an inflammatory disease of the muscles. When he was ordained a priest in December 2007, the consequences were already visible. He passed away in 2014. His life as a priest lasted only 7 years, but his dedication (including to the pro-life movement) and social commitment made a great impression.
The more his strength diminished, the stronger his testimony became. He traveled tirelessly around the diocese in his electric wheelchair.
His former superiors and friends are convinced the film is the life of it Dad Stu will do honor, even if the creators will grant themselves certain artistic freedoms. As long as people care about her life, it’s ringing.
Source: CNA / Diocese of Helena