The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century – Paula Frassinetti

Saint Paula FrassinettiArticle

Engaged chiefly in higher education, the Sisters of Saint Dorothea are laboring in Italy and Brazil. The origin of this flourishing association is an example of the use which Providence makes of accidental circumstances to call into being great undertakings for the benefit of mankind. The venerable foundress of the Congregation, Paula Frassinetti, was born at Genoa on 3 March 1809. Chiefly to recuperate her failing health she went to dwell with her eldest brother, who was the parish priest of Quinto. She undertook the care of the girls in the little town. She soon observed that her words fell on fertile soil. Encouraged by these circumstances she conceived the idea of gathering others with her into a conventual society for the education of girls. She spent whole nights before the tabernacle and practised severe penance to implore God’s blessing on her work. Her prayers were heard, as is proved by her saintly life, her holy death on 11 June 1882, and the splendid success of her Congregation.

MLA Citation

  • Father Constantine Kempf, SJ. “Paula Frassinetti”. The Holiness of the Church in the Nineteenth Century: Saintly Men and Women of Our Own Times, 1916. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 March 2018. Web. 18 November 2018. <>