Born c. 331/332, St. Monica was a native of Tageste (now Souk Atira,
She was raised a Christian, but her parents, who are thought to
have owned a small estate, married her to a pagan, Patricius. He was older
than Monica and had a violent temper. Both are thought to have imbibed
heavily. Monica's mother-in-law lived with the couple and is reputed to
have been troublesome. Monica, with great patience, reformed herself and
converted her husband, who was baptized a year before his death in 371.
Monica also worked to convert her son
Augustine, an intellectually
talented young man. He, it is said, travelled to Italy to escape her. She
followed him there in 383. He eventually became a Christian. (Nothing
seems to be known of his siblings, Navigius and Perpetua or Perpetus.)
Monica died in 387, as she and Augustine were about to return to North
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- Monnica, Mother of
Augustine by James E. Kiefer ---Biographical Sketches
of Memorable Christians of the Past
- Monica Pursued her Son
Augustine for God ---Christian History Institute
Monica ---American Catholic
- St. Monica by
Mary Buckalew ---The Catholic
- Vita ---Eternal Word Network
- St. Monica by John Rotelle
---Province of St. Augustine
1912 Catholic Encyclopedia: (Read with caution)
- Julie McGehee Alexander: "Monica, Mother of St. Augustine." in
Mothers of Great Men, Sketches, (1916).
Charlotte, NC: The Observer Printing House, Inc., 1916.
My Mother, Agostino Trapé and John E. Rotelle, trans.
Villanova, PA: Augustinian Press, 1987.
- J. C. B:
Monica, Augustini Moder, (1900?).
Rock Island, IL: Lutheran Augustana Book Concern, 1900?. Swedish
language; World Cat indicates that
the publication date is not printed on this pamphlet.
- Ray Beeson and Ranelda Mack Hunsicker:
The Hidden Price of Greatness, (1991).
Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1991. Chapter 1 discusses
Monica and Augustine.
- Emile Bougard :
The History of St. Monica, trans. by Anthony Farley. (1885).
New York: Sadlier, 1885. Originally in French, this book has been
translated into German and Spanish, as well as into English.
- Christine Chaundler: "St. Monica." in
The Blue Book of Saints' Stories, (1958).
London: A. R. Mowbray, 1958.
- Léon Christiani:
The Story of St. Monica and her Son, Augustine, (1977).
Boston: The Daughters of St. Paul, 1977.
- N. Concetti: "Volgarizzazione della vita di S. Monica." in
Thirteen Short Biographies of Saints, ([unknown]).
[no publication information]. This life is in Italian, but the book
has lives of other saints in several European languages.
- W. van Dijk:
Augustinus en Zijne Moeder, (1930).
Amsterdam: 't Kasteel van Aemstel, 1930. Dutch book.
- John J. Gavigan:
The Mother of St. Augustine, (1948).
Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 1948.
- Mary Elizabeth Herbert:
The Life of St. Monica, the Mother of St. Augustine, (1901).
London: Catholic Truth Society, 1901. (Read with caution.)
- Eileen Heffernan: "St. Monica and St. Augustine." in
Fifty-seven Stories of Saints, (2003).
Boston: Pauline Books and Media, 2003. An illustrated book for
- Laura C. Holloway: "Monica, Mother of St. Augustine." in
The Mothers of Great Men and Women, and Some Wives of Great Men,
Baltimore: Wharton, 1883.
- Friedrich Kösterus:
Die Heilige Monika, (1893).
Regensburg: G. J. Manz, 1893. German book.
- Cha-ryong Ku:
Songnyo Monik'a, Song Aosuding, (1987).
Inch`on Chikhalsi and Soul T`ukpyolsi: Song Hwang Sok-tu Luga Sowon,
1987. An illustrated Korean children's book.
- Sarah Towne Martyn: "Monica, the Mother of Augustine." in
Daughters of the Cross, or the Cottage and the Palace, (1868).
New York: American Tract Society, 1868.
Monika, mat. Blazhennago Avgustina: primier dlia podrazhaniia
zhenshchinam nashego vremeni, (1881).
Kiev: Tip. G.T. Korchak-Novitskago, 1881. Possibly a
Russian-language Uniate publication.
The Mother of St. Augustine: A True Story, (1841).
New York: Protestant Episcopal Tract Society, 1841.
- George W. Rice:
Monica: A Prodigal's Praying Mother, (1989).
Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press, 1989.
- M. D. S:
Vie de sainte Monique, modèle des époses et des mères chrétiennes,
Tours: Ad. Mame et Cie, 1854. French-language tract.
- Rebecca H. Shively:
Monica, Mother of St. Augustine, (1870).
Philadelphia: Reformed Church Publication Board, 1870.
- Muriel Spark: "St. Monica." in Philip Caraman, ed.
The Saints and Ourselves, (1981).
Ann Arbor, MI: Servant Books, 1981. Several well-known Roman Catholic
contributed to this book.
- Patricia McGerr:
My Brothers, Remember Monica, (1964).
New York: P. J. Kennedy, 1964.
- Ambroise Vollard:
Sainte Monique, (1927).
Paris: Éditions Émile-Paul frères, 1927. French-language novel.
- Samuel Valentine Cole:
Monica, or the Chronicle of Marcus; a poem founded on the life
and character of the mother of Augustine, (1926).
Boston: Jones, 1926.
- Eleanor C. Donnelly:
The Conversion of Augustine and Other Sacred Poems, (1887).
Philadelphia: D. J. Gallagher, 1887.
- Marcus Bach:
Monica, Mother to St. Augustine, (1932).
Cleveland: The Expositor, 1932. Very short work.
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