Responding to the needs of the most abandoned, Bishop Eugene wrote in his diary:
Circular letter to announce the establishment that I have been thinking about for a long time for female domestics.
His concern was also focused on those who were sick and were too poor to afford medical care and hospitals, thus enduring suffering and often death at home. The Sisters who took on this ministry were nurses who went to care for these sick in their homes:
I join to it the announcement of an institution for religious nurses of which there is a great need in Marseilles. I have every reason to believe thatthe two foundations will be well received.
Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 12 December 1840, EO XX
Both works were entrusted to the Sisters of Hope of Bordeaux, a branch of the Holy Family founded by Fr. Noailles.