On his way to Switzerland, Eugene stopped at Notre Dame du Laus where he made a canonical visitation
Hippolyte Guibert had been appointed superior of the community a year before, when he was 26 years old. He had some difficult persons in his community who did not always maintain the prescriptions of the Oblate Rule of Life – and he had allowed concessions.
Eugene shared his unhappy reaction to the situation with Henri Tempier, his confidant:
We must never permit these concessions, they are allowed for a while and then we forget to maintain the precept and it is thus that abuses creep in.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 11 July 1830, EO VII n 347
…There is no doubt that Fr. Guibert possesses better than anyone of his house the spirit of our vocation; he might have been mistaken in his way of doing things but in substance he is right.
Eugene had a few days in ND du Laus on his way to Switzerland, and had had to rectify the situation, because conformity to the Rule was essential for the life and successful ministry of the missionaries:
With only three days to spend in this community, I have had to act with a mixture of mildness and firmness.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 26 July 1830, EO VII n 349