St. Monica School
St. Monica School is in the community of Mission in downtown Calgary, Alberta, serving grades kindergarten to Grade 9, with an ELL preschool.
The core purpose of St. Monica School is to facilitate lifelong learning in our diverse community. We will promote and model a Catholic Community of Caring School with a focus on: Faith, Trust, Respect, Caring, Responsibility and Family. Through a collaborative approach to learning, we are dedicated to developing a strong, supportive learning environment. Individuals are encouraged to take leadership roles and to take risks for school improvement. Diversity in our community is a strength where individual perspectives are encouraged, acknowledged and respected.
Our Patron Saint
St. Monica lived many years ago, from about 332 to 387, in North Africa. As a child, she loved to laugh and sing and do other things that children enjoy. When she grew up, her parents had her marry an elderly pagan senator. As a pagan, he did not believe in God. Monica believed in God, and it made her unhappy to know that her husband was a pagan.
Monica and her husband, Patricius, had three children: two sons and a daughter. Life was not easy for Monica, because her husband laughed when she tried to convince him to follow the ways of Jesus. Her son, Augustine, whom Monica felt had the potential to do good things for the Catholic Church, disappointed her and chose a different life. He did not want to be a Christian. As a result of Monica’s prayers and efforts, her husband Patricius finally become a Christian in 370. He died a year later.
Seventeen years later, her son Augustine also converted to Christianity, on Easter, 387. Monica died shortly after Augustine's baptism in Italy, but she told him that she would die happy because he had given up everything to become God's servant. Without her constant prayers and efforts, Augustine may not have become a Catholic, and we might never have had a St. Augustine or St. Monica to whom we could offer our prayers.