- Paula the Widow
Member of the Imperial Roman nobility, married to senator Toxotius. Mother of five children including Saint Eustochium and Saint Blaesilla. Widowed at age 32 in 379, she devoted her fortune and the rest of her life to spiritual development and care for the poor. Friend of Saint Marcella, Saint Epiphanius, and Saint Paulinus of Antioch. Friend, spiritual student and supporter of Saint Jerome whom she met in 382; he later wrote her biography. Pilgrim to the Holy Lands in 385. She settled in Bethlehem in 396 where she built churches, a hospice, monastery and convent where she served as the first abbess.
- “Saint Paula of Rome“. Saints.SQPN.com. 11 November 2014. Web. 25 December 2014. <>