Thank you for the birthday wishes.

Giving honor to God for his grace and mercy, he woke me up this morning at 4:25 and started me on my way. So far I have had a beautiful birthday full of prayer, study and contemplation. Contemplative prayer is rooted in love, so receiving your love is the best wishes and gives an uplifting thrust during the day. I spent these beautiful moments in communion with you, my dear ones in prayer and for those who never pray, and those who always need our prayers and also for you. I miss all those with whom I lost contact. I thank God for all his love, his guidance and his serenity bestowed on me last year. I love every day and every moment of the year. I think this year is the year of restoration in everything we do. Thank you all for sending your best wishes and for being close to me last year and every year during my journey in the desert. This year I keep trying to be a better person, praying more for everyone. Thank you all, for the birthday wishes today! I appreciate love! Those who know me know that I usually do not do great things during my birthdays (I’m really too old for birthdays) but for some reason this year it seems a bit different. I feel more in tune with myself and my God. I feel I can become all that God wanted me to be.

I also want to thank all those with whom I have lost (involuntarily in my prayers) – my bishop Monsignor Alistair, my brother priests, my brothers, sisters, friends and all the supporters who sent me greetings on Facebook, e-mail and cards. May God in His infinite mercy bless and guide and protect all of you. I appreciate you, I keep praying for you and loving your part in my life.

I would like everyone to know that I am so grateful for all the blessings I have received in my life. God was really good to me, so may God bless you all and thank you.

The sterile £ 325 I received from you as gifts – birthday gifts I transferred them to The St. Catherine’s Trust. St. Catherine’s Trust, a charitable trust established to promote Catholic education in accordance with the traditional teachings, liturgy and devotions of the Roman Catholic Church. Currently our main activity is the organization of annual one-week summer schools for young Catholics aged between 11 and 18 and annual family retreats for Catholic families, usually around Easter.

In the future, please do not send money, if you really want to send something, maybe a book, oh second hand liturgical vestments (because I still do not have them) oh better send a check to St. Catherine’s Trust in England.

I thank you for it. My prayers and blessings

Frá. Ugo-Maria (al secolo Vincenzo Ginex)

Author: dom.Ugo-Maria

Catholic Priest - Hermit of Carthusian Charism, following the early and stricter Coutumes de Chartreuse (Rule) written about 1121-1128 written by Guigues du Chastel the 5th prior and Father General of Grande Chartreuse. Served as a curate and priest in Ireland for a while then moving to Devon as Parish Priest. A spell as Prison Chaplain and then Chaplain to the Railways (SouthEastern). Then a few years as a Diocesan Administrator, Vicar Forane, Vicar General and called as a Bishop (which I turned down). In the past I served as an officer in HM Armed Forces, lectured at Oxford, and teacher at the Royal School for Deaf children in Margate (now closed), for a spell (13 months) run an NHS hospital where I quickly realised that if you have no medical background and tend to use spreadsheets to reach a decision then you should not be running a hospital. Now I serve as Prior to the Hermits of Saint Bruno at St. Mary's Hermitage near Canterbury in Kent. I write on the Eremitic way of life although sometimes I tend to broach other subjects of interest, and occasionally undertake translations for Bishop Alistair from English to Italian. My life as a contemplative is extremely fulfilling and busy and I no longer have a public ministry which I occasionally miss especially the out-reach ministry. I also enjoy gardening on the hermitage grounds and as most gardeners will know its a never ending task, albeit quite rewarding. The hermitage also has some other residents, there is the hermitage guardian who is a layman who lives in rooms at the front of our hermitage and acts as a barrier/intermediary with the outside world; there is Jules a 4 year old Staffordshire terrier, who seems to know the Monastic Horarium and occasionally acts as a prompt, Augustus the tom cat who is 1 year old now and spends most of his time in the fields surrounding us catching moles, mice and rabbits (not so keen on birds) or in my cell when it gets too hot outside (he occasionally assist in writing my articles - having adopted the habit of falling asleep at my desk, occasionally waking and hitting the keyboard with his paw), Buffy who is 25 years old and Terra, her daughter who is 24 years old, female cats that were with me when I was parish priest at St. John Bosco's in Barnstaple. The two hens Hildegard (von Bingen) and Rosaline (of Villeneuve) who provide the eggs that we need, and then there is Topo Gigio a mouse who lives in one of our outhouses who is not scared of cats or people, can be quite vocal if you upset him by encroaching although quite frankly is no bother at all which is why he has been left alone. We currently also have 6 sheep outside in the field (not ours) but they do keep the grass cut. We are fortunate to have several fruit trees, Apples, Plums, Cherries, Pears, and 2 fig plants which I brought back from Sicily, quite a few herbs: mint, St. John's-wort, basil, chives, garlic, oregano, lemon balm, sage, chamomile, bay, echinacea, coriander, feverfew, lavender, valerian, parsley, peppermint, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, cilantro and others, there are also many flowers, too many to list. My interests are mediaeval church & monastic history, ancient liturgies, the Old Catholic Movement, Nicene and post Nicene Fathers, Desert Fathers and Mothers and Carthusian history. I also speak Italian and German, Latin, Catalan, Sicilian and French although am rusty with some.

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