Eugene looked at the Brothers in Rome with admiration, and wished that more would join the Oblates in France.
Amongst others, they have three Germans who are a treasure… I do not know why we have none of these good Germans in France.
With sadness he makes an observation about the situation in France. The men considering an Oblate vocation preferred to become priests, because it seemed too easy to enter the ecclesiastical state.
As for the French, one knows why they are not to be found: it is because young people inclined to enter religious life, seeing that they can be admitted into the ecclesiastical state without money and without a talent, let themselves be tempted to make this deal ….
Letter to Henri Tempier, 28 January 1826, EO VI n. 221
Today the value of the vocation of the Oblate Brother is stressed:
“Oblate Brothers share in the common priesthood of Christ. They are called to cooperate in their own way in reconciling all things in him (cf. Col 1: 20). Through their religious consecration, they offer a particular witness to a life inspired by the Gospel.” CC&RR, Rule 7 c