Religious Founder and Educator (1809-1882)
+ Raised in a pious family in Genoa (her four brothers all became preists), Paula took over caring for her family after her mother’s death. Because of the endless demands placed upon her, she was unable to attend school. However, her father and brothers helped provide her with a good education, teaching the young woman at night.
+ At the age of 20, she became housekeeper for one of her priest-brothers. She eventually opened a school for girls in the village of Quinto and, in 1834, she established the Sisters of St. Dorothy (sometimes called the Frassinetti Sisters).
+ Paula’s community was dedicated educating poor children and soon established houses throughout Italy, as well as in Portugal and Brazil.
+ Saint Paula Frassinetti died on June 11, 1882, and was canonized in 1984.
“A true education aims at the formation of the human person in the pursuit of his ultimate end and of the good of the societies of which, as man, he is a member, and in whose obligations, as an adult, he will share… Therefore children and young people must be helped, with the aid of the latest advances in psychology and the arts and science of teaching, to develop harmoniously their physical, moral and intellectual endowments so that they may gradually acquire a mature sense of responsibility in striving endlessly to form their own lives properly and in pursuing true freedom as they surmount the vicissitudes of life with courage and constancy.”
–Second Vatican Council, Gravissimum Educationis
O God, who raised up blessed Paula in your Church to show others the way of salvation, grant us, by her example, so to follow Christ the master, that we may come with our neighbor into your presence. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(from The Roman Missal: Common of Holy Men and Women—For Educators)
Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.