St. Monica

St. Monica

Feast Day August 27

  • Monica was born in Tagaste, now Algeria, in 331, to a deeply Christian family with some money. She was given in marriage to Patricius, a pagan, who was a small land-owner. Together they had three children, Augustine, Navigius, and a daughter whose name is unknown. Monica had Strong character and faith, she sought to guide her family in their human and Christian development by her own example and prayer, and when necessary her persuasive words and diligent actions. Through this, her husband converted to the Catholic faith, and her son Augustine. Monica is attributed to Augustine's journey all the way through to his eventual conversion and is remembered in history - according to his own words - as the mother "who brought me to birth, both in her flesh, so that I was born into this temporal light, and in her heart, that I might be born into eternal light" (Conf. 8, 17). Her greatest joy was to witness the baptism of Augustine, after his long and restless journey to the faith of the Church, by Bishop Ambrose in Milan in 387. Some months later, Augustine, his son, and a group of friends making their way back to North Africa to begin living a monastic life, Monica died at Ostia while awaiting the ship. There she was buried and in time the site of her burial was lost. Later, however, it was rediscovered and her remains were transferred to the Basilica of Saint Augustine in Rome where they are now venerated