The first article of the Constitution of any group is always the one which defines the purpose and juridical nature of the group. Eugene’s first paragraph does exactly this.
The purpose of the Institute of the Missionaries of Provence
Until 1826 we were known as the Missionaries of Provence, before changing the name to Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
is first of all to form a group of priests who live together
Our vocation is always to community on the model of Jesus and the apostles.
and who strive to imitate the virtues and examples of our Savior Jesus Christ
Since Eugene’s conversion experience centered on Jesus Christ the Savior, we are brought together and our focus is on the Savior.
principally by dedicating themselves to preaching the Word of God to the poor.
1818 Rule, Part One, Chapter One. The ends of the Institute,
§1 Preaching the Word of God to the people. Missions, 78 (1951) p.11
We imitate that particular aspect of the mission of the Savior: to preach the Gospel to those who need it the most.