On the 10th of the same month, at 9 pm, he convened the fourth general chapter in Marseille, in the House of the Calvaire, to promulgate the apostolic letters approving the constitutions and canonically establishing the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
It opened in Marseille, in the interior of the house chapel of the Calvaire, on 11 July 1826, at five o’clock in the evening.
The Blessed Sacrament was solemnly exposed; they solemnly sang the “Veni Creator” and “Sub tuum”, then the Chapter Fathers, went in procession to the hall of the Community; they were twelve in number …
The Very Reverend Father Superior General began by presenting to the capitulants the copy of the Constitutions approved by the Sovereign Pontiff, Pope Leo XII. He then read the approbation; then, in a trembling voice, he exhorted all those members of the Society to promise unerringly to observe this Rule, which was approved by the Church, he said, and imposed on us by God himself.
The Chapter Fathers, just as moved, replied, in voices mixed with tears, that they promised to do so.
They then asked the Very Reverend Superior General to write, on behalf of the whole Society, a letter to His Holiness to express the gratitude of the Congregation, and to assure him of their firm resolution to be faithful to the Rules he had consented to approve.
Rey I, p. 396
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy