THERE IS SO MUCH HAPPENING THERE TO MOVE A TRUE MISSIONARY TO THE DEPTHS OF HIS BEING
Am I moved to the depths of my being when I hear about others coming to know about Jesus Christ and commiting themselves to a relationship with him?
Father Francis Xavier Bermond had asked Eugene to be one of the members of the first founding group of Oblates to leave for Canada. He had a difficult personality, and Eugene did not think it wise to send him on a delicate mission at that stage. Now, four years later, Eugene and his council judged that the time had come to send Fr Bermond to Canada.
I have not forgotten, my dear Father Bermond, how upset you were not to have been chosen to be a member of our substantial colonies abroad. Today it can be done. Father Guigues is loudly pleading for someone to replace Fr. Pierre Aubert at Longueuil. It is quite natural that I call upon you whose wishes are known to me and I readily choose you to fulfil a task which I am confident you will perform well. Nothing is comparable to the blessings that God pours upon our Congregation in Canada. They clamour for men.
You will be received with open arms.
The time of departure will be towards the middle of the month of July. Your destination is Longueuil. There you will find Fathers Guigues and Allard permanently stationed. It is where Father Baudrand and his companions stay when they return from their missions. Fathers Durocher and Brunet have given splendid missions in the lumber camps where they are received like gods and where they lead everyone back to the practice of virtue. It is enough to make one feel ecstatic. As for Fathers Laverlochère, Fisette, etc., they are evangelizing the Indigenous people. There is so much happening there to move a true missionary to the depths of his being.
Letter to Father Francis Xavier Bermond, 20 April 1845, EO I n 53
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