ALL OF ITS MEMBERS ARE SIMULTANEOUSLY EMPLOYED IN DIVERSE COUNTRIES IN THE TWO HEMISPHERES TO BRING SOULS BACK TO GOD
I do not believe that there is any other Congregation giving such a moving example in the Church.
With this typical Mazenodian hyperbole Eugene began 1843 on an exultant note as he surveyed the missionary activities of his sons.
All of its members are simultaneously employed in diverse countries in the two hemispheres to bring souls back to God and to wage violent war against Hell. To have missions in the dioceses of Marseilles, Fréjus, Aix, Avignon, Valence, Grenoble, Ajaccio, in England, in Ireland, in Canada and in the United States, is truly marvelous.
I have just received letters from Longeuil which should be printed. Father Telmon and Father Dandurand, who should have made his vows for Christmas, did marvelously well in the diocese of New York; in addition, the Bishop would wish to give them charge of the French church in his episcopal city, while the Bishop of Toronto calls them to take over the mission to the Iroquois.
Vocations were starting to come forward in Canada:
The three priest novices, who are making ever better progress, are joined by an acolyte in his second year of theology and a college professor;several others have already taken steps towards admission, and the Bishop encourages and eases them on in spite of the lack of candidates for his own parishes.
Letter to Father Hippolyte Courtés, 4 January 1843, EO X n 785
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