There is no evidence that Father Sauniere ever found any valuable treasure. There is evidence, however, that he was charismatic enough to convince wealthy people to help with decorating his Church. He also collected lots of money from his parishioners for saying masses and prayers. Father Sauniere discovered a directory from a clergyman in 1899 that he used to contact other priests as well as monastaries and convents all over Europe. In exchange for these donations, Father Sauniere would say a special mass or prayer for whatever was needed from these benefactors. Father Sauniere was later investigated by Bishop Beausejour for selling masses; this investigation from 1901 to 1908 and discovered that the priest had placed ads all over France and Europe and that there was no way that he could have said all of the masses that he was paid for. This suggests that Father Sauniere had been responsible for a massive prayer-selling scheme that was the source of his mysterious wealth.