(SSD, Official Catholic Directory #3790); formally known as the Institute of the Sisters of St. Dorothy, founded by (St.) Paola frassinetti in 1834 at Quinto, Italy. This pontifical congregation, with its generalate in Rome, Italy, follows rules based on those of St. ignatius of loyola. The first United States foundations were made in 1911 in New York and Providence, Rhode Island, at the invitation of Cardinal John Farley and Bishop Matthew Harkins, respectively. Its members work in schools, pastoral centers, and in outreach to homeless and immigrants. The U.S. provincialate is in Bristol, Rhode Island.
Bibliography: j. umfreville, A Foundress in Nineteenth Century Italy (New York 1939). m. de piro, Paula (Fall River, Mass. 1958). m. de piro et al., A Golden Anniversary: North American Province (Taunton, Mass. 1961).