Wahlberg and Ross visit Carroll to premiere Father Stu movie

Media coverage of actor Mark Wahlberg and director Rosalind Ross' visit to Carroll College and Helena for the premiere of their new film, Father Stu.

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Mark Wahlberg visits Helena for screening of 'Father Stu'

By Jesse Cheney - Helena Independent Record
HELENA - Before a private screening of his new movie “Father Stu” Monday in Helena, actor Mark Wahlberg said he hopes the community will enjoy the film as much as he does. 

“I know that I love Stu as much as they did. I want to honor him and honor that," Wahlberg told the Independent Record. "This is my love letter to Stu and to the good Lord.”

The Sony Pictures film “Father Stu” recounts the true story of the Rev. Stuart Long, a boxer-turned-priest who attended Central Elementary School, Capital High School and Carroll College while growing up in Helena. He won the 1985 Golden Gloves heavyweight boxing title for Montana and was runner-up in 1986, the same year he graduated from Carroll. Read the entire article and see photos

Montana premiere of 'Father Stu' with Mark Wahlberg and Director Rosalind Ross

by John Riley, MTN News
HELENA — Stuart Long, or Father Stu as he was better known, had a profound impact on the Helena community. Now, his story will be shared with a much larger audience thanks to Sony Pictures.

A special red-carpet premiere of “Father Stu” starring Mark Wahlberg and written/directed by Rosalind Ross was held at the Helena Cinemark Monday.

It was an enthusiastic event for people who knew Fr. Stu and helped with the production. Read and see more

Mark Wahlberg and director Rosalind Ross present their new film Father Stu at Carroll College in Montana - the alma mater of the real Stuart Long

The residents of Helena, Montana got a glimpse at Hollywood superstar Mark Wahlberg up close and personal as he promoted his new film Father Stu. The film - which hits theaters April 15 - is based on the unlikely true story of Father Stuart Long, a former boxer who turned his life around and became a priest. The real Father Stu attended Carroll College in Helena, Montana, where Wahlberg and writer-director Rosalind Ross on Monday afternoon. Read more of this story

The National Catholic Register explores the "9 things to know about the real Father Stuart Long."


Father Stuart Long was a real priest who served countless Catholics across Montana before succumbing to a fatal disease that almost kept him from the priesthood. 

Traveling to Helena, the diocese where Father Stu served as a priest to attend the premiere of the movie offered a great opportunity to not only meet the actors and producers of the film, but also Father Bart Tolleson, a close friend of Father Stu’s who was ordained alongside him. Read more of this story