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ST MONICA

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 ever expected.

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.

St Monica's College, Epping, acknowledges the traditional owners of the land on which our school is built. For more information, please click here.