Eugene’s advice regarding the formation of future Oblate missionaries in times of religious antagonism and persecution:
In a word, at all costs candidates, be they who they may, must be ready to do everything required for the completion of their studies and so prepare themselves for the service of the Church whose teachings are under attack from able opponents.
My concern is not to drag out the period of formation.
The essential is that nothing remain buried, that each one make the most of the measure of talents the Lord has given him; in a word, that a man is in a state of readiness to defend the truth and the sacred deposit of faith, not only with prayer, but by word and the pen if need be.
Letter to Jean Baptiste Mille, 6 June 1831, EO VIII n 393