Noting in his diary that Bishop Bourget had asked for some Oblate missionaries to be sent to Canada, Eugene enthusiastically saw the possibilities opening up for the Congregation.
He asked me for at least four missionaries; he would pay for the trip and would give them a parish in his diocese to provide for the needs of thecommunity that could increase in the future, not only with subjects that I could still provide but with those who he hopes would join him in that country.
Our missionaries would be responsible to give missions in various parishes of his diocese and could also evangelize the indigenous people whenone of them would have learned their language.
What a beautiful mission lies before us. I saw with consolation that those of our people to whom I have spoken have welcomed the idea with enthusiasm.
Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 15 and 16 July 1841, EO XX
From that moment until today, beautiful missions have opened up for us in over 65 countries. All it took was to become aware that God was opening the door and continues to do so today in all aspects of our lives.