The house where Eugene was living in Rome was the place where Father Bartolo Zinelli was buried. What this young priest had been in Eugene’s life as an adolescent, Eugene himself had aimed at being in the lives of the young people of Aix, when he had worked with them from 1813 to 1823.
And have I not found the memory, the bust and even the body buried in the church of this holy priest, of whom you have heard me speak so often, of this great servant of God, Father Bartolo Zinelli, who was my teacher at Venice, who died in the odor of sanctity under this very roof which shelters me? The cause of his beatification would have been launched long ago if the Society of which he was a member had not been dissolved, because of the misconduct of its head, the famous Paccanari, who finished so badly after having made a good beginning.
But my dear teacher, this good friend who could only console himself at my departure, so he wrote me, by going up to the altar to pray for me, he only had virtues, and the Bishop of the place where he preached his last mission wished to proceed to authenticate by act a prophecy which be made in his diocese and which came true…
God has not willed apparently to glorify his servant here below… It is not less of a consolation for me to breathe the same air, to offer the holy sacrifice on the same altars, to be able to pray at his tomb. It is the same everywhere.
Letter to Hippolyte Courtès, 6 December 1825, EO VI n 210
See the article, “Zinelli, Bartolo (1766-1803) in the Oblate Historical Dictionary I: http://www.omiworld.org/dictionary.asp?v=5&vol=1&let=Z&ID=1025
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” Henry Adams