Writing to the young superior of the formation house in Switzerland, Eugene reminds him of the purpose of the stage of formation for the students: let them imbibe our spirit and learn to love the Oblate family:
… What I want is that you should give these young men all your attention. It is a question of giving them a formation, of passing on to them our spirit, of inspiring in them that love of the family without which they will not achieve anything of value. They are new to all that.
You must apply yourself to that task as your first priority and not rely on anyone else to perform it.
Letter to Jean Baptiste Mille, 6 June 1831, EO VIII n 393