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Brennan (2016)

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The man behind the book, "The Ragamuffin Gospel"

Color Green Films & David Leo Schultz (director of “Ragamuffin”) have partnered with Willie Juan Ministries (Brennan’s Family) to bring the life of Brennan Manning to the big screen!

Brennan Manning was a Korean War veteran and former Franciscan priest who became the best-selling author of more than twenty books, including The Ragamuffin Gospel. Upon his return from the military, Brennan began a program in journalism, but departed after a semester, restlessly searching for something “more” in life. “Maybe the something ‘more’ is God,” an adviser suggested, triggering Brennan’s enrollment at Saint Francis Catholic seminary in Loretto, Pennsylvania.

After earning degrees in latin, theology, and philosphy, he then was ordained to the Franciscan priesthood in May of 1963. He lived and worked among the poor in Europe and the U.S. During a two-year leave of absence from the Franciscans, Brennan journeyed to Spain and joined the Little Brothers of Jesus, an order committed to an uncloistered, meditative life among the poor.

The early seventies found Brennan back in the U.S. as he and four other priests established an experimental community in the bustling seaport city of Bayou La Batre, Alabama, working on shrimp boats, ministering to the shrimpers and their families who had drifted out of reach from the church. While doing campus ministry at Broward Community College in Florida, his work was harshly interrupted when he suffered a precipitate collapse into alcoholism. Six months of treatment restored his health and placed him on the road to recovery.

It was at this point in his life that Brennan began writing in earnest. One book soon followed another as invitations for him to speak and to lead spiritual retreats multiplied exponentially. He spent the remainder of his life traveling widely as he continued to write and preach, encouraging men and women everywhere to accept and embrace the good news of God’s unconditional love in Jesus Christ. His final book was his memoir, All is Grace.

Brennan passed away April 12, 2013.

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