Born and brought up in the turbulent environment of Genoa, Paula helped her brother, parish priest of Quinto, by teaching the poor of his parish. From this quiet beginning there grew an Institute called the Sisters of St Dorothy, also devoted to teaching. Constant and intense in prayer as well as practically wise in dealing with human problems, Paula became known outside her immediate circle. In spite of initial poverty the Institute grew and foundations were made elsewhere in Italy, including Rome, as well as in Portugal and Brazil. It obtained formal approval in 1863. It now numbers about 2000 members. Paula died at Rome and was canonized in 1984 by Pope John Paul II. Feast: 11 June.
Bibl. SS., v. 1259–60; B.L.S., vi. 92.