St. Paula Frassinetti
Paula Frassinetti (1809-1882) had to live with her brother, who was a priest, after the death of her mother. She helped her brother with many of the duties within the parish, but she saw a great need for better education of the poor children of the area. Paula’s brother, other clergy and the parish congregation established a small school in a church that had been dedicated to St. Clare. Paula became a sister, and along with other sisters, they called their new religious congregation the Sisters of St. Dorothy. The sisters founded several schools, and a trip to Rome earned them the support of Pope Gregory XVI and after him the support of Pope Pius IX. The sisters eventually established schools in other countries as well. We honor Paula on June 12.