At the end of the mission in Fuveau, Eugene wrote to his friend, Forbin Janson:
It was impossible, my beloved brother, to reply to the letter which you last wrote to me. I was on a mission and our missions leave us no time to eat or sleep. They are feats of strength.
Letter to Forbin Janson, 9 October 1816, O.W. VI n. 14
Henri Tempier’s memoirs show why this was the case:
This mission was difficult and hard on us, be it because of the heat of a season not that had not yet lessened, be it because of the work with the men, who were nearly all employees of the coal mines and could only come to confession at night, after their evening meal, be it because the people of the two neighbouring parishes, who had been without a priest for a long time, came to us to hear God’s Word and make their confession…
Everybody, men and women, came already in the first days to go to confession. We could never leave the church before midnight and in the morning the service was to start at three-thirty. It was next to impossible to keep that up. To be able to cope with the huge workload, we ended up telling the people of Gréasque and Saint-Savournin [ed. the two neighbouring parishes] that after the closure two of us would come to them and help them share in the benefits of the mission. The fruits of the mission were abundant.
Memoires of Henri Tempier, Oblate Writings II, 2 Various Writings n.1