During this period communications between Rome and the Upper German province were very tenuous.
At the provincial synod held at Louvain, May 19, 1574, the bishops of Ypres, Bruges, and Ghent requested of Rossi the services of Peter Wolf for the reform of the houses in Flanders...
The prior general’s faith in Wolf was not misplaced. The latter was keenly aware of the contradiction to the Christian commitment of the lives of many of the clergy, whose scarlet sins he castigated with the vehemence of a Calvinist hedge-preacher.
On December 28 Rossi issued further instructions to Wolf, who now had his complete confidence.
Rossi’s efforts at reform of the French provinces through delegates produced no noticeable results.