Eugene records two of his pastoral visits to comfort those who were suffering.
Coming back to the city, I went to visit Father Fissiaux who is sick with grief, seeing that the plague of cholera had taken seven little girls of his community.
Father Charles Fissiaux, a member of the diocesan clergy, had started poor girls and those orphaned by cholera epidemic of 1835. In 1839, he founded the Society of Saint Peter in Chains for young people in jail.
From there I visited M. Jourdan, down with cholera, but with some hope of a cure. My visit did him unspeakable good and greatly edified Doctor Ducros who came to the sick man’s house at the same time as I did. If they understood the true meaning of what a Bishop is, they would be less astonished to see him approaching his sheep when they are suffering some affliction or in the clutches of sickness and death.
Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 8 September 1837, EO XVIII