At the moment of his episcopal consecration Eugene, who was in Rome would be united with all his loved ones, separated from him in France. They would be united, however, in the most intimate way through prayer.
So, removing itself from the crowd of curious onlookers my eyes may see, my soul absorbed in God will see you in Him,
you, my darling sister, her children, my venerable uncle and the whole family, my children in Jesus Christ, my friends worthy of that title that it is not my habit to give lightly.
If, as I hope, my letter of the 4th arrived in time, tomorrow morning we shall all be united in Jesus Christ in the most intimate way, as you will all be united with the Sacrifice during which I shall be consecrated, by communion and by the Masses that will be said for my intention. And this is how I shall find consolation for my isolation from all whom I love…
I go on my knees to ask your maternal blessing, and hug you with all the affection that you know I have for you. Hugs too for Eugenie and her children.
Letter to his mother, 13 October 1832, EO XV n 167
Looking at the strong bond between Eugene and his mother we can understand the origin of his strong bond with Mary Immaculate, his heavenly mother, which he shared with “my children in Jesus Christ,” his Oblate family.