The life of Blessed Gregory urges all to give due emphasis to the contemplative
dimension of Augustinian religious life.
Gregory Celli was born around 1225 in Verucchio (Forli), Italy, where
at the age of fifteen he joined the Augustinians. He belonged to the hermits
of Blessed John the Good (the Giamboniti). He was an authentic witness to
the life of the gospel, spending the great part of his life in rigorous
asceticism, penance, and contemplation in a hermitage on Monte Carnerio
near Fonto Colombo (Rieti).
He is reported to have died in 1343 at Rieti, at the age of 118. His
remains are preserved in Verucchio.
The memory of Blessed Gregory is celebrated by the Augustinian Family
on 11 May.