At Sopron he was instructed in the art of poetry by Pál Horváth. At the monastery of Pannonhalma he applied himself to the study of Greek under Farkas Tóth and in 1812 he was sent to Pest to study theology. Here he read the best German and Hungarian authors, and took part in the editorship of the Nemzeti (National) Plutarkus, and in the translation of Johann Hübner"s Lexicon.
On obtaining the degree of doctor of divinity in 1816, he returned to Pannonhalma, where he devoted himself to dogmatic theology and literature, and contributed largely to Hungarian periodicals.
The most important of his theological works are: A kath. His translation of Theocritus in hexameters was published in 1824.
His versions of the Oedipus of Sophocles and of the Iphigeneia at Aulis of Euripides were rewarded by the Hungarian Academy, of which in 1838 he was elected honorary member. In 1832 he was appointed abbot of the wealthy Benedictine house at Bakonybél, a village in the county of Veszprém.
There he built an asylum for 150 children, and founded a school of harmony and singing.