When they were founded, many religious orders had to wait some time for their constitutions and statutes to be formulated and given papal approval.
This was not the case with the amalgamation of the Tuscan hermits at the Little Union of 1244.
For a number of reasons, that first chapter meeting was able to formulate and agree on constitutions before they departed.
One of the reasons that made such rapid progress possible was the presidency of the chapter by Cardinal Richard Annibaldi.
He was one of the most influential churchmen in the Roman Curia (the official governance of the Catholic Church) at that time.
Appointed by the Pope to convoke and conduct the Little Union, Annibaldi knew what the pope would require of the new Tuscan grouping, and furthermore had easy access to ensure that the Constitutions were promulgated by the pope.
Some sections of the Constitutions were approved by the papal bull, Pia desideria, of 31st March 1244, which was the same month in which the Chapter took place.
Other parts of the Constitutions covered matters that the Pope had approved before the Chapter gathered.
For example, his bull Incumbit nobis of 1243 granted the Rule of Saint Augustine as the way of life of all who became part of the new Tuscan grouping of 1244, regardless of what community rule they had followed previously.
The Little Union may have ended before 23rd March 1244, because on that day the papal bull Vota devotorum approved the wish of the Chapter that Augustinians who were priests about their permission to hear sacramental confessions.