IF I HAD FORESEEN ALL THE TROUBLE, WORRY, ANXIETY AND CONFUSION THIS ESTABLISHMENT WOULD THROW ME INTO, I BELIEVE I NEVER WOULD HAVE HAD THE ZEAL TO UNDERTAKE IT

Having spoken about the dilapidated state of the church, where the rain poured in as much inside as outside, Eugene refers to the sad history of the uses of the former church of the Carmelite Sisters in its recent history. It would be better to use it as a place of worship – and, in any case, he needed it as a place of gathering and prayer for his expanding youth ministry.  

We will, however, be able to have religious services in the choir which is ours and which is very large… Why should we also not have charge of the Carmelite church?
 Would it not be better to hold divine services in it rather than see it used as a warehouse for all the street acrobats that come through and as barracks for soldiers of every nation?
 Busy yourself a little with this matter. My patience is wearing thin. If I had foreseen all the trouble, worry, anxiety and confusion this establishment would throw me into, I believe I never would have had the zeal to undertake it. I ask God every day to sustain me in my anguish of heart and commend myself over this to all the holy missionaries in whose steps we wish to follow. Help me yourself and pray the good God for your best friend.

 Letter to Forbin Janson, 24 October 1815, O.W. VI n.5

Since then (excepting for the years of the expulsion of the Oblates in the early 1900’s) the church has been known as the Church of the Mission, and has been a place of permanent mission on the very frequented Cours Mirabeau.

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