Bishop Eugene, now no longer able to remain in Marseilles as a result of the conflict with the government, continued to view the world through the eyes of a missionary.
At that time only bishops were the ones empowered to give the sacrament of confirmation, and thus if the diocesan bishop was too old or ill to travel to them remoter areas of his diocese, the people were left without his pastoral care.
Amongst the people I met here was a priest of the diocese of Valence. He told me that the Bishop has not visited his valley for twelve years. My uncle isn’t that far behind.
This has given birth to a desire to become in some fashion a missionary amongst my fellow bishops.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 22 May 1834, EO VIII n 481