The examples abound in all the missions. In the Marignane narrative Eugene gave some examples of the usefulness of the method of seeking out the abandoned so as to bring them to the Saviour:
After the Masses, the visits resumed. They were just as consoling as the evening before, and we were confirmed in the opinion we had formed of their great usefulness. We again came across a case of concubinage that we hope to bring to an end soon but which without this visit would have gone on for a long time still.
We also came across a man who, seven years age, became totally deaf and cannot even hear a canon going off. This man, on account of being unable to hear, had lapsed from the Church. We judged from his way of talking that he very much wanted to receive the sacraments, and we conveyed this to him by signs. Before losing his hearing, he had had excellent priests as directors; he is sufficiently instructed, had clarity of mind, very pious dispositions. When we showed him the crucifix, he threw himself upon it to kiss it joyfully.
Diary of the Marignane Mission, 19 November 1816, O.W. XVI