BETTER SUITED TO DELINQUENCY ON THE STREETS THAN TO PROFITING FROM THE GOOD EXAMPLE OF THE MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION

Not all was rosy in the youth congregation! Eugene aimed at gathering together young men who were capable of forming an élite group that would be a transforming force in the city. Anyone who was unable to be formed this way and who showed no signs of wanting to change, was expelled for fear that their bad example would be detrimental to other members.

The following were expelled from the Association: [two names follow]. The motivation for this expulsion is the obstinacy that these gentlemen displayed in their determination to continue to keep bad company. J. B.D. who was admitted only after a long probation and reiterated promises to behave has similarly been expelled as incorrigible and better suited to delinquency on the streets than to profiting from the good example of the members of the Association.

Diary of the Aix Christian Youth Congregation, 12 December 1813, O.W. XVI,

 

We expelled [two names follow]. These two Gentlemen had been received a little casually at the time of their first communion on the presentation of Father Laty the parish priest of St. Sauveur’s. We did not entertain much hope when we saw them and we were confirmed in the persuasion that they were by no means suitable to belong to an élite society such as the Association. They have no one but themselves to blame for the shame that inevitably reflects on their persons because of such a dishonourable expulsion.

Diary of the Aix Christian Youth Congregation, 3 January 1814, O.W. XVI,

 

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