When Father Fabre wrote to the Congregation to announce the death of Eugene, he described this conversation which had taken place the day before his death:
Bishop, one of us asked him, give us some words to pass on to all our brothers. It will make them very happy!
Be sure to tell them that I die happy… that I die happy that God was so good as to choose me to found the Congregation of the Oblates in the Church.
Bishop, would you reveal to us the last wish in your heart.
Practice among yourselves charity … charity…. charity… and outside, zeal for the salvation of souls.
Circular letter of Father Fabre, 1861