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It is really astonishing that the young curate who arrived from Rome with the intellectual baggage that we know about, would take straight away to this town where everything was so unfamiliar to him. This was an unusual encounter, even it could even be said extraordinary. Leo Dehon was by his birth, his culture and his tastes destined for a totally different way of life. And yet his most important work would emerge from this encounter. The foundation of his Congregation in the future was indissolubly linked with St. Quentin which was partly responsible for its official name: 'Priests of the Sacred Heart of St. Quentin'." (Yves Ledure) 

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