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Introducing Francis and Judith MacNutt, by William De Arteaga

Now in his eighties, Dr. Francis MacNutt has been one of the giants of the Christian healing ministry for almost four decades. His books Healing (1974), Deliverance from Evil Spirits (1995), and Overcome by the Spirit (1990) are, I believe, still the best introductions to healing, deliverance, and manifestations of the Spirit. His writings have a simplicity and profundity to them that serve as an example and a grace to the whole church. With his wife Judith he founded Christian Healing Ministries (CHM) out of which have come some of the most profound and balanced teaching on healing, inner healing and deliverance.

Francis and Judith MacNuttRaised in the Depression era in a wealthy and distinguished family, he went to Harvard University and then served in the Navy as a medic during WWII. MacNutt converted to Roman Catholicism as an adult and entered the Dominican Order to become one of its outstanding preachers and writers. As a Dominican monk he first encountered the Spirit-filled healing ministry of Agnes Sanford at a CFO camp in 1967 where Agnes was the principal speaker. They formed a strong friendship and she mentored him into the healing/deliverance ministry. It was MacNutt who introduced the term “inner healing” to what was then called “the healing of memories.” He personally had a strong anointing for healing prayer and during the course of his frequent healing conferences prayed for many thousands of persons.

MacNutt became perhaps the most important leader of the Catholic Charismatic renewal from 1974-1980, serving many offices in that movement. His presence in flowing Dominican robes during the mega-rallies of the 1970s charismatic renewal is a cherished memory for many who attended. However, his marriage to Judith in 1980 abruptly ended his association with the Catholic Charismatic renewal and resulted in his excommunication. He then focused on his writing and teaching ministry for a more ecumenical reach, and developed CHM as a great teaching institution.


The website for Christian Healing Ministries is:

For more information about Francis MacNutt see Francis MacNutt’s Biography.
For more information about Judith MacNutt see Judith MacNutt’s Biography.


Update: Francis MacNutt  passed away on January 12, 2020. He was 94 years old.

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Category: Pneuma Review, Spirit, Summer 2007

About the Author: William L. De Arteaga, Ph.D., is known internationally as a Christian historian and expert on revivals and the rebirth and renewal of the Christian healing movement. His major works include Quenching the Spirit: Discover the Real Spirit Behind the Charismatic Controversy (Creation House, 1992, 1996), Forgotten Power: The Significance of the Lord’s Supper in Revival (Zondervan, 2002), Agnes Sanford and Her Companions: The Assault on Cessationism and the Coming of the Charismatic Renewal (Wipf & Stock, 2015), and The Public Prayer Station: Taking Healing Prayer to the Streets and Evangelizing the Nones (Emeth Press, 2018). Bill pastored two Hispanic Anglican congregations in the Marietta, Georgia area, and is semi-retired. He continues in his healing, teaching and writing ministry and is the state chaplain of the Order of St. Luke, encouraging the ministry of healing in all Christian denominations. Facebook

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