"Resolved that a grape-press should be made by Brother F. Xavier"--Local Council, Sept., 26, 1853.
"Among the various employments of the Brothers, there is one pertaining exclusively to this isle. It is that of the cultivation of the wine and of the wheat for the adorable sacrifice of the altar. Here side by side they spring forth from the ground and are perfected by the same genial atmosphere. The difficulty of readily procuring wine known to be entirely pure for altar use may have originally dictated this arrangement; but at any rate, there is a beautiful propriety in it, which cannot fail to strike pleasingly the eye of faith." Guide to Notre Dame, p. 12 (1859)