Nun founded men's institute
THE Vets. Paula Elizabeth Cerioli, foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Family, who is to be beatified on Sunday, was the 16th child of a noble family at Soncinee in the diocese of Cremona, and was herself the mother of three children.
She died at the age of 50 on ' and began the new religious institute, December 23, 1865, the eve of the opening of a Holy Year. After a saintly childhood, during which she helped her mother in works for the poor, she was married
at 19. Two of her children died shortly after their birth and the third, a son, lived only to the age of 16, dying a few months before his father.
She began her own special work for the poor by selling all her jewels and fine clothes and by setting up a rural school in her palatial home. For several years she carried on her work as a laywoman with the help of five young girls, until in 1857
she and her companions took vows
Mother Cerioli later turned her thoughts to orphan boys. Not only did she open a home for them but founded a congregation of menthe Brothers of the Holy Family.
Her last message to her orphans was a letter of Christmas greetings. At midnight one of her original helpers went to her room and found her dead.