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MINIMS

The Order of Minim Friars, founded in 1435 by St. Francis of Paola (1416-1507). Their name symbolizes their desire to practice humility. Their first rule, approved by Pope Alexander VI in 1493, was based on the Rule of St. Francis of Assisi. This was revised and the second rule was more independent; it was approved by the same Pope in 1501. Its special feature is the fourth vow of complete abstinence from meat, fish, eggs, and all dairy products. Superiors are called correctors. Their purpose is contemplation and the apostolate in the parochial ministry, preaching and teaching. A community of women, also called Minims, is more popularly known as Miniams, Sisters of Charity of the Sorrowful Mother.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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