When he arrived at Dublin on August 8, Father Aubert was cordially received by the Archbishop and the city’s mayor, Daniel O’Connell. The latter showed interest in the spirit of the Oblates and promised to protect an Oblate foundation. On their part, the Bishops allowed recruiting.
Eugene wrote in his Diary:
There is not anyone up to the great O’Connell who does not wish to contribute towards it. He wants to be the first subscriber and he authorized Fr. Aubert to use his name in the prospectus for sending to him the offerings that will be made to us. He wanted to be affiliated with our society and he received the scapular from it.
Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 20 September 1842, EO XXI
To Father Aubert himself, Eugene wrote:
I want to use the remaining blank space to congratulate you on your conquest. What you tell me about the excellent O’Connell keenly interests me. He is a valuable patron…
Later, we will be able to do more than give him the scapular. When he really will have benefited you, I can give him a canonical share in the works and merits of the Congregation, as I have just done for the benefactors in Canada.
It remains for me to urge you to write more often, at least once a month.
Letter to Fr Casimir Aubert, 26 September 1842, EO III n 2