Paolo Bona

Photographer
Free Spirit
Location: Milan
Nationality: Italy
Biography: ­­ More than 20 years on News photography and Sports photography, in the last few years also focused on Documentary photography and personal projects.
Public Story
Free Spirit
Copyright Paolo Bona 2022
Date of Work Feb 2018 - Feb 2018
Updated Nov 2018
Topics Abandonment, Christianity, Documentary, Fine Art, Peace, Photography, Photojournalism, Religion, Spirituality
A religious vocation at fifty years of age. It's been tough for Mr. Enzo Cilento, a former professional journalist from Rome, Italy.

He felt the "call" on 2011, he sold his house, and got a Catholic consecration as a monk 3 years ago in 2015, committing to the principles of poverty, chastity and obedience.

He chose the name of Simeone as a monk, because like this old Jewish man, mentioned on the Luca's Gospel, he recognized Jesus as the Messiah and its life was then accomplished.

But after a couple of experiences in monastery with other monks, he could not feel welcome; every monastery and order of friars has its own hierarchy (some of them accept only men under 35 years old), and it's not easy for a man of 50 years to accept it and to be accepted.

So, following Saint Francis' steps, he drove to Umbria and found a good spot for him in Rocchette Sabina, a semi-abandoned village, on the border between Lazio and Umbria, in the Apennines mountains of central Italy.

He's a free spirit, who finds happiness in solitude, which helps him to fully enjoy the Faith.
"It's like a battery that needs to be recharged before energies can be shared".

In Rocchette he has rented a small place to live, following the same schedule of life in a monastery.

Wake up at 04:45 am,
First prayer of the day at 05:00,
Cleaning the house,
At 07:00 second prayers,
Then he drives to mass at 08:00 to nearby villages, and after mass he enjoys a coffee with the local priest,
Works at home (he's currently reviewing an editorial book about Israel on assignment from a religious editor).

Three times a week he gives Pilates lessons at lunchtime at a gym in Magliano Sabina (which helps to pay the rent), he used to do that in Rome since many years. Also, he's always been a sort of athlete and he runs 3 times a week for an hour. He really believes that a body in a good shape fits with a good mental shape.

Prayers at 12:30 (when he goes to the pilates lesson he prays in the car).
Prayers at 15:00
Then Simeone works at his blog, as a journalist that's the best way for him to connect with people. He has a few thousand followers.
Prayers at 18:00
Dinner around 19:00
At 20:30 every night he receives a phone call from his mother, as most Italians.
Dinner prayers. Some radio listening; music and drama theatre are his passions.

Through his blog he realized that he could be a model for other men of his age who have the same needs.
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