Father Hugo was born in 1976, in a family from Drenthe. In 2001 he began his heremitical life in Warfhuizen, with the express intention of continuing the spirituality of the old Dutch hermits. He received his philosophical and theological education at the St. John’s Centre in ’s-Hertogenbosch and the Catholic University of Louvain. On 18 November 2012 he made his perpetual vows as a hermit in the hands of the bishop of Groningen-Leeuwarden, Msgr. Gerard de Korte. He was ordained a priest on 6 september 2015.