During the months of October and November, the Missionaries had joined the Jesuits for a mission to the city of Gap, near the Alps. The language of the mission was French and in this connection Eugene refers to a letter he received from the Jesuit superior of the mission:
As for Father Thomas, he thanks me and acknowledges that you have responded kindly to all that has been asked of you; but he tells me nothing about the results of your cooperation, he only says that having been forewarned that Father Mie and Father Touche would not be popular, being accustomed only to preach in Provencal, he had not made them preach; that they had the goodness to give catechetical instructions, which are much more useful to the uneducated than beautiful discourses.
Letter to Marius Suzanne, 29 November 1823, EO VI n 121
Each Missionary was expected to respond to the needs of the mission according to his ability, while always maintaining the principal Oblate focus of preaching the Gospel to those who were the most abandoned by the structures of the church.
“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.” Dalai Lama