Saint Monica (331–387 AD) is a highly venerated saint in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Eastern Orthodox faiths. She is the patron saint of married women, victims of abuse, alcoholics, and difficult marriages.
Born in Tagaste (present day Algeria) in 331 AD, Monica was a devoutly Christian woman who was married to a pagan Roman official. She was known for her patience and faith and is remembered as an example of pious Christian motherhood. Monica famously prayed for the conversion of her son Augustine, who eventually became one of the most influential theologians in history. Monica was said to have been a very gentle and generous woman and was known for her great hospitality and charity towards the poor. She was also known for her rigorous fasts and devout prayer life.
Saint Monica died in Ostia (near Rome) in 387 AD and was buried in the cemetery of the Church of St. Aurea. Saint Monica's remains were transported to the Basilica of Sant'Agostino in Rome in the 16th century. In addition, the city of Santa Monica, California, is named after her. Her feast day is celebrated on August 27th. She was officially canonized by Pope Gregory VII in 1234, and her feast day was placed on the General Roman Calendar in 1586.
The life of Saint Monica serves as an example of patience and faith in the face of adversity. She is remembered today as a model of Christian motherhood and a powerful intercessor.