MY VICAR GENERAL AND MY FIRST AND ELDEST COMPANION IN THE HOLY WORK
Father Tempier, Eugene’s right-hand man, had been sent to Nancy to finalize all the necessary arrangements for the new Oblate establishment. Eugene wrote to the Vicar General of Nancy assuring him of his support for all the decisions made.
You will settle everything with Father Tempier, my Vicar General and my first and eldest companion in the holy work that you plan to adopt in your diocese. In advance I approve everything that he may decide. You will have no difficulty in coming to an agreement with him; he is a zealous and dedicated man, very wise, very astute in business matters. By excellent qualities he compensates what may be lacking in some external graces, if you judge him by his coldness. But capable men value merit on its true scale. Father Tempier has my fullest confidence and you can give him yours without hesitation.
Letter to M. Marguet, Vicar General of Nancy, France, 15 June 1847, EO XIII n 111
Eugene’s admiration for his first companion in the foundation of the Oblates is clear in this letter, as is his realism about Henri Tempier’s character. Eugene and Henri complemented each other perfectly in their leadership of the Missionary Oblate Congregation and the Diocese of Marseilles. Where one was outgoing, impetuous and a visionary, the other was taciturn and an outstanding ansd calculating administrator who had to bring Eugene back down to earth at times.
“Constancy is the complement of all other human virtues.” (Giuseppe Mazzini)
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