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Is the ‘Father Stu’ Movie Based on a True Story? 9 Things to Know About the Real Father Stuart Long

Courtesy photosClockwise: Father Stuart Long was ordained a priest Dec. 14, 2007, at the Cathedral of St. Helena in Helena, Mont. Father Stu stands just behind Father Bart Tolleson, ordained with him. Father Tolleson spoke with the Register’s Alyssa Murphy April 4, 2022 in Helena. Father Bart Tolleson poses with Father Stuart Long. A close-up picture of Father Stuart Long’s beloved chalice.

A strong devotion to St. Joan of Arc, atypical penances offered in the confessional, practical jokes and wheelchair antics — friend Father Bart Tolleson shares some insightful facts about the real Father Stu.