Saint Monica, also known as Monica of Hippo, is St. Augustine of Hippo's mother. She was born in 331 A.D. in Tagaste, which is present-day Algeria. When she was very young, she was married off to the Roman pagan Patricius, who shared his mother's violent temper. Patricius' mother lived with the couple and the duo's temper flares proved to be a constant challenge to young Monica. While Monica's prayers and Christian deeds bothered Patricius, he is said to have respected her beliefs. After years of prayer and patience, her husband and mother-in-law became Christians. She also prayed for her son Augustine for 17 years to change from his life of sin. He eventually did because of his mother and, in the future, would create writings that influenced the development of western Christianity and western philosophy.
Alpha for Women is a program through which we offer accommodation and support services to women seeking to overcome drug and alcohol addictionsl. The staff of this program, part of our Community Outreach and Disability Service ministry, chose St. Monica as their patron Saint because the women in the Alpha program can relate to her in how St. Monica did not give up in her belief that people can change.