In the hope of being able to establish the Oblates in the Kingdom of Sardinia, Eugene continued to present their mission and spirit:
I am thus disposed, Reverend Father, if His Majesty so wishes, to place at his disposition all the members of our Congregation that he deems useful for his service and that of his people in Sardinia, as well as in any other portion of his states, whether to assist in their conversion by the conducting of holy missions, or by regular instruction and hearing confessions in the residences that His Majesty will designate as our living quarters, or finally by working diligently under the guidance of Our Lords the Bishops in the formation of clerics in seminaries [of those dioceses] which have one.
Already several years of experience in several regions is a sure sign for me of the blessings that the Lord will shower on the zealous efforts of these evangelical laborers. I would need to write volumes were I to report the marvels that God has worked through their ministry, especially since the Sovereign Pontiff has solemnly approved their Institute and placed this family among the Congregations recognized by God’s Church.
Letter to Fr. A Grassi SJ, 11 December 1830, EO XIII, n 76.
How many more volumes can be written about the past 200 years – and about the marvels being worked at this moment by the members of the Mazenodian Family. Let us pause to think of some, and to give thanks