The Order of Minims (Ordo Fratrum Minimorum, Order of smallest brothers) was founded by St Francis of Paola, officially in 1435.
The name reflects their humility; they view themselves as the least of all religious. The first rule was based on that of St Francis of Assisi. It was confirmed by Pope Alexander VI in 1493. A new rule, more independent than the first, was approved by the same pope in 1501. The rule introduced a fourth vow, demanding abstinence from fresh meat, fish, eggs, butter, milk etc. Some of the penitential aspects of the rule were mitigated in 1973.