Writing to his bishop uncle, Eugene described his experience during the ceremony of episcopal consecration. The presence of God was tangible:
This great deprivation apart, which I could not help but feel, everything went wonderfully well. It even seems that thanks to the tangible and wholly gratuitous outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit this ceremony will live on in the memory, it was so dignified, majestic, edifying: the poor one who was chosen was under the influence or impression of the superabundant grace of God, so good, so generous; and when his emotion which it was impossible for him to hide was perceived, both by the consecrating bishops and those assisting, they shared the same feeling and tears flowed from all eyes in the midst of this general recollection which I was assured prevailed far more than it does usually…
There, then, my dear uncle, you have the consolations that God in his goodness granted me along with others of a more hidden nature.
To Bishop Fortuné de Mazenod, Bishop of Marseilles, 14 October 1832, EO XV n 168