Eugene was gifted in his ability to improvise in various situations. He was intuitive and his contacts with the people through visiting would have given him a good feel for what was necessary to be dealt with during the mission so as to make the people more open to the invitations of Christ the Saviour.
We also came across a sixty-year old man who is feeble-minded and has not made his first communion. We were quite taken by surprise at the way he responded to our questions. With no hesitation he gave a perfect explanation of the mysteries of the Trinity, the Incarnation, eternal happiness or damnation as a reward or punishment for a man’s deeds; in a word, we judged this poor man was able, after some helps he will be given now, to be admitted to the sacraments.
We also came across a foreign schoolmaster, a man far superior to the normal village teachers, who on the occasion of the mission, separated from a woman he had lived with over a long period and by whom he even had children.
Diary of the Marignane Mission, 19 November 1816, O.W. XVI