He became professor of theology at Naples in 1740, and, entering the religious body of the Celestines, rose to be general of the order.
CELESTINES, a religious order founded about 1260 by Peter of Morrone, afterwards Pope Celestine V.
Indeed, though the Celestines are reckoned as a branch of the Benedictines, there is little in common between them.
The habit of the Celestines was black.
About 1588, he determined to fulfil a vow which he had once made to enter a cloister; but being rejected by the Carthusians and the Celestines, he held himself absolved, and continued to follow his old profession.
- The 13th century was the heyday of monasticism in the West; the Mendicant orders were in their first fervour and enthusiasm; the great abbeys of Benedictines, Cistercians and Augustinian canons reflected the results of the religious reform and revival associated with Hildebrand's name, and maintained themselves at a high .and dignified level in things religious and secular; and under the Benedictine rule were formed the new congregations or orders of Silvestrines (1231), Celestines (c. 1260) and Olivetans (1319), which are described under their several headings.