1818, November 1. The missionary community becomes a congregation of religious priests and brothers who make vows to live the evangelical counsels.
It is necessary that we understand, now more than ever before, the necessity of being perfect religious in order to be good missionaries. We need to be persuaded that the most efficient means of ensuring abundant harvest in souls is the holiness of our lives and the faithful practice of all the duties of our state.
Opening address to the 1850 General Chapter