New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Monica

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

Mother of Saint Augustine of Hippo, born Tagaste, Northern Africa, 333; died Ostia, near Rome, 387. She was brought up in the faith; but her husband, Patricius, was a pagan and the laxity of his morals was a trial to her. Moreover, her son Augustine fell into evil ways during his youth. However, her piety was rewarded by her husband’s conversion, and the joy of winning her son not only to the Church, but to sanctity. Emblems: a girdle, and tears. Body in Church of Saint Augustine, Rome, Italy. Feast, Roman Calendar, 4 May.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Monica”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 August 2018. Web. 20 September 2021. <>