Before agreeing to send missionaries across the Atlantic to Canada, Eugene had to consult all the Oblates.
Well! I dared not respond positively to the bishop, but I promised him that I would consider his request and that upon his return I would explain thesteps that I was going to take to satisfy him.
My desire was to consult all the members of the Congregation and to reply to the Bishop of Montreal only after having their consent. It was a faraway mission. It would take dedication to undertake it.
I could confide it only to men of good will and dedication. I had to be sure of their agreement. This is what I have done.
He then describes their reaction to the consultation .
I first called some of my local superiors to meet with me. They immediately echoed this view. Some other members of the Congregation who wereinformed… offered to be among the first to go.
All have assured me that there would be one voice for accepting such a beautiful proposal.
Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 15 and 16 July 1841, EO XX