We share in the joy of the father of the family at the safe and unharmed arrival of the fourteen young scholastics in Billens.
I had gone to Billens the day before yesterday to prepare the beds of our students. Despite any precautions we might have taken, it was necessary for them yesterday on arrival to sleep on the floor on mattresses I had had made to be placed on beds which had not yet been fabricated, for workmen in this country take things easily. Yet this did not prevent them from having a good sleep.
The young men had come to the safety of Switzerland to continue their studies and formation to become Missionary Oblates. Their first formal act in their new home was to place Jesus, their Good Master at the center of everything. They confidently surrendered their lives to their Savior.
This morning I blessed the house and chapel where I enshrined the Blessed Sacrament. Devotion seemed to me at its best and we gave Our Lord a welcome from the depths of our hearts. I have reason to believe that this good Master has well accepted our humble homage and has been pleased with our surrender and our confidence. For my part, I have been filled with consolation, and as I acknowledged myself to be the most unworthy of all, I conclude that they must have fully shared in the happiness of this memorable day.
We placed ourselves under the special protection of our good Mother, of Saint Joseph, of Saint Cannat and Saint Theresa. After a short instruction fitting the occasion, I said Holy Mass; all took communion with great piety. We then had the benediction of the Most Holy Sacrament.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 15 October 1830, EO VII n 366