The Acts (decisions) of the Chapter of 1244 no longer exist, but Pope Innocent IV enumerated the most salient points when he confirmed them in his bull, Pia desideria on 31st March 1244.
The most important point was the general acceptance of an approved rule of life (in this case the Rule of St Augustine) so as to comply with the requirements of the Fourth Lateran Council of 1215.
The papal bull, Pia desideria contains interesting details concerning the new habit (daily apparel) given to members of this new Tuscan grouping of 1244.
This was designed to bring about a uniformity of habit within the newly-amalgamated membership, and to end complaints that the habits of some of the constituent hermitages too closely resembled what the Franciscans were wearing (before the era of the brown Franciscan habit) - which had led to the accusation that the laity supported them on the mistaken thought that they were Franciscans.
Whenever the Tuscans moved away from their house, they were required to carry a staff, which was the sign of a hermit.
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