THE BISHOP OF KINGSTON, HAVING WITNESSED THE MARVELS THAT GOD HAS WROUGHT THROUGH THE MINISTRY OF THESE APOSTOLIC WORKERS, HAS WISHED TO CALL THEM TO BYTOWN IN HIS DIOCESE
In three years the Canadian mission had grown in an amazing way as the local bishops came to appreciate the missionary potential of the Oblates. The time had come for the appointment of a capable Oblate to oversee the situation. The founder decided on Father Guigues, who was highly respected by the Bishop of Grenoble, in whose diocese he worked. Eugene wrote to that Bishop to break the news in a diplomatic way. In doing so, he gives a good overview of the missionary work of the Oblates in Canada.
You are aware of all the good effected by your dear sons, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, in the vast diocese of Montreal and you have blessed the Lord for it. You will not then learn without further consolation that other regions have opened before them. The Bishop of Kingston, having witnessed the marvels that God has wrought through the ministry of these apostolic workers, has wished to call them to Bytown in his diocese, a town where Indigenous groups are close by the mission to whom he has confided to the Oblates. Also he has at the same time entrusted them with catering to the spiritual needs of what they call the lumber camps in that country. These are numerous agglomerations of three or four hundred men dispersed in the immense forests of this part of the new world. Here poor Christians spend six to eight months logging the trees without any religious resources to help preserve them from the dangers inseparable from this nomadic and dissipated life…
In this state of affairs I find myself obliged to send to the scene a capable man who has my entire confidence so that he can organize properly the services of the Congregation in the different ministries entrusted to her and in the different places where he will judge it opportune to establish her. This person cannot be other than Father Guigues. You know his skill and devotedness. I think that the paternal affection you have for the family whose interests you have always espoused will incline you to approve this choice especially as your diocese will be affected, not by a brief absence of Father Guigues, but by one of several years…
Letter to to Bishop Philibert de Bruillard, Bishop of Grenoble, 24 May 1844
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