St Paola Frassinetti healing oil
The St Paola Frassinetti healing oil is dedicated to the 19th century Italian saint. She is the foundress of the Congregation St. Dorothy. Her feast day is June 11.
Paula was born March 3, 1809 in Genoa, Italy to . The third of five children, her four brothers all became priests. When she was nine years old, her mother died and an aunt came to help with the household. Three years later her aunt died. Consequently, at the age of twelve, Paula assumed the responsibility.
At the age of nineteen, Paula went to stay with her brother Giuseppe. He was a priest at the seaside village of Quinto in Liguria. Also, in 1834 she and six other women formed a small community called the “Daughters of Holy Faith”. Fr. Giuseppe and members of the parish started a small school in a church that had been dedicated to St. Clare. The sisters taught in the school. Also, they went to Genoa to help during a breakout of cholera.
Sisters of St Dorothy
In 1835 Luca Passi, of Bergamo, a friend of her brother Giuseppe, asked Paula if she would assume the Pious Work of Saint Dorothy. This was a project he had founded to serve the poorest and most needy youth. Thereafter the Daughters of Holy Faith became known as the Sisters of Saint Dorothy. Subsequently, on May 19, 1841, Paula established a house in Rome. The work of the institute expanded beyond Liguria and Rome, to other parts of Italy as new houses, boarding schools, and orphanages were established. Later the sisters established a presence in Malta, Portugal, and Brazil. In the United Kingdom the sisters run an International Student’s Residence and are involved in Parish Ministry.
She died on June 11, 1882 after a bout with pneumonia following several strokes.
Her body was reported to be found to be incorrupt in 1906.