Not long after the arrival of the Oblates in Corsica, Eugene was able to write proudly:
Father Guibert has won his spurs at the first attempt. You wouldn’t believe the speed and ability he has shown in forwarding his task. The seminary is already set up, and on the sixth of the month the solemn opening will take place, in all likelihood by the Bishop himself who will just have returned at that time. Father Guibert left him at Bastia to choose a favourable site to treat with the authorities. Ajaccio is excited to see the completion in such a short time of an operation which seemed interminable.
Letter to Jean Baptiste Mille, 2 May 1835, EO VIII n 513
You wouldn’t believe with what ability Guibert has conducted his business, quite unaided, for His Lordship the Bishop stayed at Bastia while Guibert treated at Ajaccio with the civil authorities. I mention it in passing for your satisfaction.
Letter to Bruno Guigues, 3 May 1835, EO VIII n 514
Hippolyte Guibert showed his extraordinary talents in the venture of setting up the major seminary. It is not surprising that seven years later he was appointed Bishop of Viviers, and eventually Cardinal Archbishop of Paris. Understandably, he and Father Tempier were Eugene’s closest confidants whenever a major decision concerning the Oblates had to be made.