Clarenines a monastic order founded in the neighborhood of Ancona in 1302 by Angelo di Cordova, after the suppression of the Celestins (q.v.), of which he had been a member. Angelo was cited before pope John XXII as a separatist in 1317, but was acquitted, He died at Naples 1340. After his death the Clarenines submitted themselves to the ordinaries, and made great progress in several dioceses of Italy. In 1472, however, a large number of them joined the Minorites (q.v.). Finally, when pope Julius II reorganized the Franciscans (q.v.), dividing them into Observants and Conventuals, the Clarenines, after inclining for a while toward the latter, at last connected themselves with the Observants. See Wadding, Annal.
Minor; Henrion; Fehr, Allg. Gesch. der Monchsorden, 1, 285; Wetzer u. Welte, Kirchen-Lexikon, 2, 567.