THESE ARE THE WONDERS OF PROVIDENCE UPON US AND AN EVER MORE PRESSING REASON TO THANK THE LORD WHO HAS GIVEN US SUCH A VOCATION AND TO ACCOMPLISH EVEN MORE FAITHFULLY THE APOSTOLIC VIRTUES THAT THIS VOCATION DEMANDS OF US
With these words, Eugene as Superior General, pointed to the situation of the Congregation:
“These are the wonders of Providence upon us and an ever more pressing reason to thank the Lord who has given us such a vocation and to accomplish even more faithfully the apostolic virtues that this vocation demands of us.”
Rey gives the details:
Fr. Telmon, the delegate from Canada, reported the admirable effects that the appearance of the members of the Congregation had produced in the New World; in temporal terms, the gift of a very fine establishment had provided them with the necessary premises for the community and for a novitiate which already numbered several subjects. From a spiritual point of view, fourteen missions, all crowned with success and the most abundant fruits, showed that God was with them. Several foundations were requested in neighboring dioceses and the evangelization of the indigenous was offered to the Oblates.
Fr Casimir Aubert, the delegate of the missions of England, dexcribed the foundation of a house in Penzance, a town in the southwestern part of the county of Cornwall. An Irish priest, Fr. Young, had built a church there, and offered to entrust it to the zeal of the Oblates. Father Daly came to settle there and open a novitiate. The bishops of Ireland were interested in our establishment and the great O’Connell wanted to contribute. He received the scapular of the Congregation and authorized Fr. Aubert to use his name in the prospectus to be launched to make the work known and to call for subscriptions.
All the other superiors took turns reporting on the material and spiritual state of their houses. From their various reports, it appears that during this year, the small Oblate Congregation preached 65 missions, not counting a certain number of retreats and other occasional preaching.
REY II p 161 – 162
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