Our College motto is "Pray and Persevere" which is a special motto as it
describes the life and faith of our patroness, Saint Monica. Monica was born in
the year 332 in North Africa. She had an ordinary youth and was always very
ladylike and calm. When she was twenty years old she married an older man named
Patricius, who was a pagan official of Tagoste in North Africa.
Augustine, Monica's eldest son, became her sole occupation and there was a
strong bond of love between them. Augustine went to Carthage to complete his
studies and it was during this time he became involved in the Manichean heresy -
a religious cult. Monica sets an example for us. Although she was hurt and in
great sorrow she never gave up. Her love and faith enabled her to persevere
until Augustine finally became a Catholic. Augustine's faith, also strengthened
by his mother's faith, continued to grow. He became a priest, a bishop, a great
writer and a very famous saint. Monica's prayers were rewarded more than she'd
At the age of 54 in the year 387, Monica died peacefully. Her life is a great
example for all people who are troubled or worried. If you pray and persevere
things will turn out happily.