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icon of st monica


An icon of our patron saint, Monica, was commissioned from Western Australian artist, Marice Sariola, in 2006.

Finnish born Sariola worked ten years in the Church of Sweden before her migration to Australia in 1989. The icon was purchased with funds donated to the College on the occasion of our fortieth anniversary in 2004. This icon features a youthful Monica reflecting on what her later life would require – much prayer and perseverance to convert her son, Augustine, to Christianity.

Monica nurses a book with the words of the College's motto 'Pray and Persevere' featuring on the open page, and in the background the artist portrays the sea voyage Monica would embark upon as she traveled to Milan to be with the wayward Augustine. The sea in the background also reminds us of the Roman port of Ostia where Monica was later to die in 387 AD

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