Died: Brennan Manning, Author of The Ragamuffin Gospel

The official website for Brennan Manning announced Friday that the author had died.

He was 78 and passed away just a few days shy of his April 27 birthday.

BrennanManning.com said:

It is with mixed emotions that we must tell you that on Friday April 12, 2013, our Brother Brennan passed away.While he will be greatly missed we should all take comfort in the fact that he is resting in the loving arms of his Abba.

Sincerely

Art & Gerry Rubino

[Gerry is his sister]

Starting in 1970 with the publication of Gentle Revolutionaries, Manning wrote and published more than 20 books. His alcoholism in the context of being a Franciscan priest was the backdrop for much of his spiritual reflection. The Ragamuffin Gospel, published first in 1990, was his most well-known work. In 2011, his memoir, All is Grace, was published in which he talked about leaving the priesthood, his marriage, and later divorce.

Last fall, Hurricane Sandy severely damaged Manning's residence in Belmar, NJ, according to his office manager, ...

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