Since their foundation in 1816 the Missionaries of Provence had been buffeted by different storms within and outside of the church. We have seen how there was no authority figure on whom they could rely for unswerving protection. Having Fortuné as Bishop, would now give them a greater stability as there was now an ecclesiastical authority who would stand up for them. The biographer Rey describes the reaction of the Missionaries:
There was great joy in the community. They were inspired by the same motives of faith and devotion which had inspired the Founder. The trials had shown the necessity of an effective protection against powerful and determined opponents. A Bishop in Provence who was favorable to the Missionaries would make it easier to recruit new members, ensure peace and security and allow the apostolic zeal that filled their hearts to produce fruit. The glory of God and the salvation of souls were the objectives that everyone desired.
Rey I chapter IX
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:35,37