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The real Father Stu

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Inspirational Breakfast with Esther Higham

Can you imagine having the story of your life and your journey of faith, turned into a Hollywood Movie? That’s exactly what’s happened to Father Stuart Long whose incredible life forms the basis of the film FATHER STU, starring the Christian actor and producer Mark Wahlberg.Stu Long was a hard-drinking, foul-mouthed amateur boxer, who after falling in love with a catholic woman goes to church to impress her.

A near-fatal accident causes him to re-think his life, and he feels called to give up his love affair and become a priest. As if that journey wasn’t hard enough, he is diagnosed with a degenerative condition part way through his training. He carried out his priestly role from his wheelchair until his death on 2014.

Premier’s Esther Higham spoke with a friend who knew him well, Father Bart Tolleson. She asked him what Father Stu was really like:

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