Book of Saints – Monica

detail of the painting 'Saint Monica', by Luis Tristán de Escamilla, 1616, oil on canvas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, SpainArticle

(Saint) Widow (May 4) (4th century) The saintly mother of Saint Augustine of Hippo, who owed his conversion from a life of error and dissipation to Christianity and high sanctity to her prayers and tears. She was of Christian parentage in Africa, though married to a Pagan, whom, however, she had the comfort to see die a Christian. She accompanied her son and his fellow-converts to Italy, where she superintended their quasi-monastic establishment. In her old age she was seized with a longing to return to her native Africa. On the way, at the port of Ostia, she fell mortally ill and expired there May 4, A.D. 387, in the presence of her son. Most people will remember the pathetic words in which Saint Augustine in his “Confessions” enlarges on his mother‘s virtues and describes the manner of her passing away.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Monica”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 18 January 2016. Web. 19 February 2019. <>