Eugene’s first letter immediately after his episcopal consecration was to his uncle, Bishop Fortuné, who had been the one responsible for this happening. Signing himself, for the first time, “+ Ch. Jos. Eugene, Bishop of Icosia” he expressed his affection for his old uncle.
If I had been at liberty to follow my heart’s desire, the moment I descended from the altar I would have taken up my pen to render you my first act of homage and say again the words I had just addressed to the consecrating Bishop who represented your person to me: ad multos annos. It was high time too I expressed my gratitude towards you, and gave expression to my feelings of filial affection which, while admitting no increase, I experienced in a very lively way even in the midst of the abundant spiritual consolations it pleased the Lord to pour out in my soul on this memorable day. Really it was a great disappointment for me and the occasion, I hope, of much merit to have been deprived of the happiness of being consecrated by you and surrounded by my whole family and our dear friends.
In your very real absence, I tried to make up for it in spirit by being united with you in the prayers you must all have been offering for me.
To Bishop Fortuné de Mazenod, Bishop of Marseilles, 14 October 1832, EO XV n 168