After Eugene’s death a General Chapter was convoked. At the opening session two of the senior members of the Congregation spoke: Father Tempier and Bishop Guibert.
Tempier opened the General Chapter by declaring his conviction regarding Eugene:
“This Venerable Man is no longer with us, but his spirit continues to live always in the heart of his children ….”
Guibert’s address echoed the same sentiments, speaking of the Congregation as our “mother”:
“Yes, our Father has died, but know that our Mother remains; and I regard her as being immortal; she will live by the spirit of her Founder.”