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