I’m honored to announce that I’m now serving on the board of directors for a new charitable organization, Friends of Little Portion Hermitage or “FLPH” for short. A few months ago, Kevin Lowry and Jon Marc Grodi from The Coming Home Network International approached me about setting up a non-profit, with the goal of establishing a permanent hermitage for Franciscan hermit Brother Rex Anthony Norris, and whoever eventually succeeds him in the eremitic life in the Diocese of Portland, Maine. Brother Rex is a blogger and prayer warrior who may already be known to some of my readers; if you do not know of him yet, you soon will.
In his blog post below which you can also read on his site, Kevin lays out who Brother Rex is, what he does, and our goals for establishing a permanent hermitage. There are also links at the end of the post to interviews with Brother Rex, so you can read some of his own words as he describes his spiritual journey, and why he chose to become a hermit. I can say from personal experience that over the past few years, Brother Rex has been an outstanding source of inspiration and encouragement for me personally, through his prayers, his good humor, and his encouragement.
On Monday, April 7th, Brother Rex will appear as a guest on “The Journey Home” on EWTN, sharing his conversion story, why he chose to live the life of a hermit, and what his life as a hermit entails. FLPH will follow up on this appearance through social media, beginning with an exciting collaborative project which will include a number of individuals likely well-known to those of you in the Catholic world. In the meantime, please visit and bookmark our site, LittlePortionHermitage.org, both to see Brother Rex’ regular blog posts, and to keep up to date with what he and FLPH are up to.
I am honored and deeply humbled to have been asked to be a part of FLPH. Anyone who loves Church history knows that down the centuries, it has been ordinary Christians like you and me who have looked after the very basic, temporal needs of those in the eremitic life. We may not all be called to follow the exact path that Brother Rex is on, but everyone is called upon to draw into closer union with God, through prayer and self-denial. The life of the hermit is a profound imitation of the life of Christ, and one which is worthy of our support.
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Home for a Hermit
March 17, 2014
by Kevin Lowry
Yes, a real, live hermit.
So what does a hermit do? Well, suffice it to say that what is referred to as the eremitic life is a vocation, and has to do with what the Church calls assiduous prayer.
He prays. A lot.
Br. Rex is something of a walking contradiction. You might reasonably think that a hermit experiences some level of solitude as part of his (or her) vocation (yes, there are women hermits too). And you would be correct.
What doesn’t show up on paper, though, is that the guy is a total crack up. He’s hysterically funny, with a tremendous sense of humor and thoroughly infectious laugh. Simultaneously, he’s a deeply committed prayer warrior, who spends countless hours in intercessory prayer and takes his vocation extremely seriously.
You definitely want to be on this guy’s prayer list.
In knowing Br. Rex for the past couple years, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve called when things were rough, knowing he would take my prayer requests to his daily Holy Hour and hold them before our Lord. In fact, my debt of gratitude became so great, that a couple friends (the esteemed Jon Marc Grodi and Billy Newton) and I started a non-profit organization called Friends of Little Portion Hermitage to “support the worship of God, the eremitic life, Christ-centered solitude, contemplative silence, intercessory prayer and the spiritual works of mercy.”
Our vision is very much in line with the above: “Through the generosity of our donors, Friends of Little Portion Hermitage seeks to provide for the temporal needs of Little Portion Hermitage and the hermit who resides there. We believe consecrated life to be essential to the spiritual well-being of the Body of Christ, most especially the witness of those in consecrated life whose lives give first place to prayer for the glory of God, the good of the Church and the salvation of the world.”
So here’s where you come in. Br. Rex was lamenting to me the other day that he hasn’t received many prayer requests through the website we set up, littleportionhermitage.org – and that’s an opportunity.
At the same time, Friends of Little Portion Hermitage would like to purchase a modest hermitage for Br. Rex and his successors. Thankfully, he lives in a part of Maine where land and buildings are inexpensive, but we still need at least $50,000 to make things livable – even for a hermit.
Would you help us? Please stop by littleportionhermitage.org and send Br. Rex your prayer requests. It will make him happy, and these intentions will be treated with the utmost respect and confidence.
Also, if you can afford to make a donation towards the home for a hermit project, we would appreciate it ever so much. Let’s keep Br. Rex in prayer – and facilitate his prayers for us. Thank you for your support!
Special note: We’re happy to announce that Br. Rex will be appearing on EWTN’s The Journey Home program on Monday, April 7 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Hear the story of Br. Rex’s conversion to Christ and His Church!
For more information on Br. Rex, please see: