Patron Saint

St Monica - Model of Christian Motherhood

St Monica’s Feast Day 27 August

 

St Monica was born into a Christian family at Tagaste, in what is now Tunisia, on the North African Coast in the early part of the fourth century AD, not long after the Emperor Constantine first legalised Christianity.  Her husband, Patricius, was a pagan.  Patricius and Monica had three children; Augustine, Navigius, and Perpetua. Through her patience and prayers, she was able to convert her husband to the Catholic faith in 370· He died a year later.

 

While Perpetua and Navigius entered the religious life  Augustine proved to be quite a challenge as he passed through his adolescent and early adult years. For 17 years Monica laboured in prayer for his conversion.  Her prayers were finally answered as Saint Augustine was baptised by St Ambrose in 387. Augustine became a bishop and one of the greatest teachers in the history of the Church.  Saint Monica, model of Christian motherhood died in Ostia, Italy, in the company of her beloved son, in 387 AD.