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Brennan Manning

Brennan Manning is an author born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.

After high school, Brennan enlisted in the US Marine Corps, where he ended up fighting overseas in the Korean War. When Manning returned to the states, he enrolled at St Francis seminary in Loretto, Pennsylvania. Upon his graduation from the seminary in 1963, Manning was ordained to the Franciscan priesthood.

In the late 1960s, Manning joined the Little Brothers of Jesus of Charles de Foucauld, an Order committed to an uncloistered, contemplative life among the poor. Manning then spent time transporting water via donkey, a mason's assistant, a dishwasher in France, a prisoner in a Swiss jail (by choice), and six months in a remote cave somewhere in the Zaragoza desert.

In the 1970s, Manning returned the US and began writing.

Singer-songwriter Rich Mullins became such a fan of Manning's work, that he named his band, A Ragamuffin Band, after one of his books.