Eugene had written about the mission to Corsica: :
But fulfilling this task is going to cost us very heavy sacrifices.
Letter to Hippolyte Guibert, 18 October 1834, EO VIII n 493
The Oblates were small in number and heavily committed in France.
Because of the quality men that you need, it will cost me a lot to tear them away from the various ministries that they are carrying out with incredible blessings and success
True to his word, Eugene sacrificed the missionaries on mainland France to give the Corsican seminary three of his best Oblates: Fathers Albini, Guibert and Telmon.
You are aware of Father Albini’s reputation: he is a learned theologian and also a holy missionary; he is teaching theology with distinction since a great number of years and he spends his vacations in evangelizing the poor. Besides he is doing such good work here at Marseilles that by taking him away from here I am going to offend everyone; he’s the man you need. I cede him to you. A dogma professor will go with him, a man of talent who teaches Holy Scripture and liturgy. Then I will give you as superior the priest who is most distinguished in our regions for his deep piety, his vast knowledge and his delicate and refined spirit. He is greatly appreciated in the diocese of Gap where he is the superior of the shrine confided to us; impossible to say who reveres him more, the bishop, the clergy or the lay people. I don’t know how I will come to terms with all those groups, but that’s of little importance; he is also the man you need, at least in the beginning …
Letter to Bishop Casanelli d’Istria, 19 September 1834, EO XIII n 83