When Eugene died there were 414 Oblates (6 Bishops, 267 priests, 88 brothers) spread around the world. In 1854 he had written about this:
“I will have the consolation of leaving behind me a phalanx of good missionaries who spend their lives in extending the kingdom of Jesus Christ and weaving a crown for themselves to wear in glory. You would not believe the joy that this thought gives me.
I feel that I will continue to live through you, that I will continue to gain merit by your works. Death, which is approaching, will be sweet for me”
(E. de Mazenod to the Oblates of St. Boniface, 26 May 1854 in O.W. II n. 193)
Eugene continues to live through each one of us in our mission!