While in Paris trying to ensure the survival of the Missionaries, Eugene met the Cardinal who was responsible for the appointment of bishops in France. Several dioceses that had been suppressed by the Revolution were to be re-established and new bishops appointed, including Marseille. Eugene himself was offered an appointment to the Diocese of Chartres, which he refused (cf. Jeancard, Melanges historiques p.165)
The list of bishops is not yet public. I could have been included if I had not preferred the obscure life of our holy community and the kind of ministry to which the Lord has called me in favour of youth and the poor.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 12 August 1817, O.W. VI n.20
Writing to his mother, Eugene continues the same theme:
Confidentially, I was flattered, but I steadfastly refused everything that would have taken me away from Aix. By doing so, I have, as the world expresses it, sacrificed my career. I don’t know if those at home would approve of my preferring to work in obscure places for the spiritual welfare of my fellow-men rather than in the places of prestige which were offered to me and which could have led me to the very top. Too bad if they cannot appreciate my devotion to duty. As long as others profit from it, that is all that matters and I am content.
Letter to his mother, 21 August 1817, O.W. XIII n.10