As the group of young people began to grow, so it became necessary to have some written regulations. In the first set of rules he defined his goals for his youth ministry. It had to be a body that would make a difference to the city of Aix through the exemplary lifestyle of its members. By working on their own personal and spiritual growth, they would be leaven in the city.
To form a body of very pious young people in the city,
who by their example, their advice and their prayer
will make a contribution to curbing the license and general apostasy which every day makes frightening increases
while at the same time working effectively to achieve their own sanctification.
“Règlements et Statuts de la Congrégation de la Jeunesse chrétienne établie a Aix par l’Abbé de Mazenod au commencement de l’année 1813. Premier Règlement,”
in Missions 145 (1899), p. 19.