St. Monica Novena

Saint MonicaSt. Monica is a very powerful intercessor for all those to go to her for help.

She was the mother of St. Augustine who is a Doctor of the Church and a highly revered Saint, philosopher and theologian. St. Monica prayed for her wayward son and pagan husband fervently throughout her life.

After 17 years of prayer, St. Augustine converted and eventually became the great Saint we know him as today.

The novena begins on August 18th.

Saint Monica Novena Prayers

Dear Saint Monica, you were once the mournful mother of a prodigal son. Your faithfulness to prayer brought you and your son so close to God that you are now with him in eternity. By your intercession and God’s grace, your son St. Augustine became a great and venerable Saint of the Church. Please take my request to God with the same fervor and persistence with which you prayed for your own son.

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With your needs, worries and anxieties, you threw yourself on the mercy and providence of God. Through sorrow and pain, you constantly devoted yourself to God. Pray for me that I might join you in such a deep faith in God’s goodness and mercy.

Above all, dear Saint Monica, pray for me that I may, like your son, turn from my sin and become a great saint for the glory of God.

St. Monica is the Patron Saint of…

Married women
Difficult Marriages

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  1. Dearest St Monica, St Ann, St Anthony, Blessed Mother and St Joseph- I thank you for answered prayers and I ask you for your intercession on behalf of my daughter Vicki. She has been searching for weeks for an apt in her relocated job area- 3000 miles from home. Please keep her safe and guide her with wisdom and help her find a nice apt in a safe neighborhood with a nice roommate. She is growing increasingly frustrated- please calm her anxiety and help her succeed in her search. Amen

  2. St Monica i pray for return of my husband who has deserted us to live with another woman in her house. Please open his eyes to see the beauty of our family. Pray for us

  3. Dear Saint Monica,

    Please pray for my brothers – James so that God may deliver him from the bondage of alcoholism and hopelessness in life. That he may be saved and have a family.


  4. St Monica please intercede for my family. I no longer “like” the man I am married to… His addiction has ruined my love for him. His selfishness and cruelty have cut my heart to pieces. His disregard for our well-being is beyond comprehensible. His manipulation is twisted my self-image and has even made me mad at GOD! I hate this disease and demon that holds him. I cannot allow my daughters to grow up to hate their father. Please please please intercede for us. Jesus hear our prayers. I need something to happen – something to SHAKE HIS WORLD for him to realize that HE IS WRONG. I am so alone and scared for me and my daughters. Nobody knows my suffering… he went out a few hours ago… I don’t know when he’ll be back… or how we will pay the electric this month…or the water… or buy the kids back to school clothes or supplies. Saint Monica please help me to see if this is my fault… like did I do something to deserve this? Is this the price of my fornication sins? Dear God – take us home – I cannot bear this pain and loneliness… Saint Monica… we are desperate – please pray for us. Jesus I love you. I’m sorry for not trusting You. I don’t understand this path for us…

  5. That my son, an avowed atheist, will turn to Christ and that all of my family will put Christ first and lead Godly lives. My husband cured of cancer and the lawsuit settled early so he can not have the added stress. In Jesus’ name I pray.

  6. Dearest St. Monica,
    As you know, I was recommended by a special person to ask for your intercession. I will need your prayers and help from Heaven in my situation, which is similar to what you had. Please pray and intercede for my husband’s conversion. He needs all of Heaven’s help for him to be delivered from his demons and receive graces of conversion.
    I need your help for him and my family please.
    Thank you so much.

  7. Dearest St. Monica,

    Please pray for my marriage, my husband, my children and the rest of my family and friends. You know my needs dear friend. Please pray for me. Amen.

  8. Please pray for all married couples who have temporarily split apart that are close to my heart. May they reunite and hold an even stronger bond then the day they married. Remind them of the love, hope and peace they once shared so deeply for one another.

  9. Please pray to restore my relationships with my daughter and son , destroyed by a very abusive father, which has driven them away. May God show this man mercy,who contineu to be verbally emotionally abusive on every level possible.

  10. Please pray that my son turns from anger and finds peace in his heart, that he is healed from having bad intentions, that he would use the kindness that I know is in his heart, to guide him instead. I cannot express my gratitude. Faith and prayer and love is all that I have left.

  11. Please pray for my dad’s conversion before he dies. Please also pray for Kurt and I to be reunited and that we have a marriage that glorifies God.

    Thank you.

  12. Dear St. Monica,
    Plz pray for the marriages and families in the world.
    For the children so that they may be loved, respected, and grow in the Catholic faith.
    I also implore for mine
    in the name of Jesus Christ I ask Amen.

  13. Dearest St Monica, please go to Jesus for us. We are in dire situation. I am still not having my place to stay of my own, though he’s said he will give me but when he fills like. He’s has so much hatred and very cruel to me but with friends he’s an angle you won’t belive, they have told me to tape now. Still create matters turns it to become a reality. Workers haven’t been paid that I should pay yet he’s taken everything from me truck gave onther woman and her brother, rental deals with his daughter my step. My step son still can’t stand up to face his dad but calls to say to go back and stay in his house which is in the same place, how when I am accused by his siblings and rest. He’s given cash by the dad to get alcohol, yet he was in rehab. Just says I know, I should do this or that but that’s it, he crys. Please, please pray for us all especially the conversion to Catholic faith of their father who doesn’t go to church except on weddings and burials.

  14. I’m wanting to pray for my brother who is suffering from anxiety and is a bad state. His newly converted to being a Christian in the Catholic Church. Their is conflict in his thought process from old to new. I’m very worried for him as I have never heard him in such a bad way. Saint Monica Proctect him and heal his brokenness.

  15. Dear St Monica please pray for my son that everything goes well at his job. That he stays safe and stays working. I will be forever grateful. Thank you.

  16. JL
    St Monica.. I pray for all the families that have requested your prayers and intercessions. I pray that the relationship between me and my soon be healthy and Christian like. I pray that he put you first above all things, that he attend Catholic Church like he used to, not to be swayed by teen pressure. I can see that he is a bit under depression as he is no longer that smiling loving son, but now moody person. I pray that he takes his university studies and Catholic Church seriously. My husband has not been a good role model as he does not go to church. I PRAY FOR HIS CONVERSION TO THE CATHOLIC FAITH AS IN YESTERDAY. I pray that all my children put you first above all things. I am a strong person because of my faith. Give me strenothing to hold on in difficult. Mayou you answer all prayer request of all families. Amen

  17. Please pray for my husband’s sobriety. He has been addicted to drugs and alcohol most of his life. We married after he had 3 years of sobriety due to completing in-patient rehab and then faithfully attending AA meetings. He has been back in active addiction for the last two years and abandoned our marriage 2 weeks ago so he can keep getting high. He agreed to go back to in-patient treatment over a week ago during a brief phone call – but has been on the run and avoiding all my calls and texts since. Please pray that he gets the treatment he needs before he does anymore damage to our marriage, finances, and health.

  18. Please pray for my 14 year old son he is out of state with his Paternal, we just recently had a death in the family and my son decided to spring on us (my husband and I) that he wanted to stay with his father for a semester.
    We want our son home.

  19. Dear St. Monica, Please help me pray for my precious 25 year old son, Andy. He is a wonderful young man with a compassionate heart. He struggles with depression and anxiety. He is having a difficult time moving forward in his adult life. He no longer attends Mass. He self medicates with marijuana products. This is so frightening to me. I believe Andy has a calling to do mission work. He spent 2 years in a third world country caring for sick and destitute children. It was the only time in the last 10 years that he was peaceful. Thank you for your prayers. Andy’s Mom

  20. Please St Monica,
    pray for my son he is a good man.
    He could use some happiness in his life. Today is his 30th birthday.
    I will be forever grateful.
    thank you!

  21. Dearest St Monica look after my family especially David. Please part for all of us. I will tell others of Your kindness and mercy. Amen

  22. Dear St Monica please intercede for me and my daughter who is estranged from me. I ask that our relationship be mended and that she returns to the church and to prayer to God and his holy mother. She is expecting her third child in September and is not married to her partner. Please intercede for them both. Also please intercede for my daughter’s eldest child who is not accepted by the partner of my daughter. Please please I beg for a speedy solution to this problem. It has been going on for 6 years. Please especially intercede for this eldest child who is isolated by this partner of my daughter. This child has no contact with her birth father and feels very hurt as her school mates whose parents are separated still see their real dads. “I have no dad at all Granny” she often says. Thank you for your intercession

  23. Please help my estranged husband realise he needs to financially support me so I can continue to care for his terminally ill young adult child. Please help me in getting the judge to order him to pay me more money every week for the rest of my life.

  24. Dear St. Monica please take my request to God in prayer for my son. Ask God to allow a miracle to bring my son back. Grant him the ability to finally see he is destroying his life with his friends, drugs, alcohol, etc. Please ask God to open his eyes & wale him up to see his self-destructive behavior. St. Monica he needs a miracle from God to pull him through please take my request to God. I love my son with all my heart & soul and I miss him & want him back. I ask you for your help. Amen

  25. please pray for my son, for him to be set free from
    aloholism. please pray for him to lose the desire for alcohol,& to live a fulfilled peaceful happy sober life in your mercy & love.

  26. Dear St Monica please help my marriage which has been become difficult and my husband has left me. If my favour is granted through your prayers I promise to tell others of your mercy and love. I will always be devoted to you and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  27. st monica, please intercede on our behalf.

    I pray that my son LD may be set free from his alcoholism which is destroying his life. I pray that he forgives himself as Jesus forgives him for any wrong doings. Please pray for strength, so that he may lose all desire to drink & live in peace & happiness, blessed by your loving mercy & grace.

  28. Thank you Saint Monica for hearing and answering my plea for my son. Please continue to hear my pleas for my other kids as well and pull them away from alcohol, drugs and the temptation of this cruel world. I pray not only for my family but for the others who seek your divine intervention.

  29. Please pray and help my love and best friend Nicole W. to overcome her battle with alcohol. She is in danger for her health and also our relationship is suffering terribly. I love her deeply and pray that she can beat this horrible addiction. She made strides in the past but has fallen deeply into that horrible cycle again. Please pray for us. Amen.

  30. Dear ST Monica, I am praying for my Dad. He has been an alcoholic for many many many years. He has been physically and mentally abusive to many. He now is trying to free himself of his addiction, but he needs all the help and prayers he can get right now. I pray his body can handle the stress and symptoms of his withdrawals. I also pray that the Holy Spirit will talk to him and touch his heart so he wants to become a member of the Catholic church again.
    Please help him, Amen

  31. Please Saint Monica, give strength to my love of my life Nicole W. to kick her alcohol dependency and to live her life clean and healthy together forever. Amen.

  32. My husband is involved in immoral activities with various women physically and over internet. 
    Please pray for him to open his eyes and to see that what he is doing is wrong. Pray for him to give up his immoral ways and to convict him of this adultery. Please pray for him to start acknowledging God, to start praying, to be convicted of his sins, to repent and to stop his sins and never repeat his sinful life again. Please pray for the Holy Spirit to come upon him and to enlighten him that he will confess what he has been up to for years and set him free from this bondage. Please pray that he humbles himself and be open to receive God’s mercy and be delivered from the evil attack. Pray for God’s Word to do surgery in his heart and create in him a repentant heart please.

    Please pray that he realizes that his unGodly habits are hurting me, his wife and daughter very much.

    Please pray that evil spirits be cast down as foot stools. 

    All this I ask Abba Father in the mighty name of Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

    Thanks brothers and sisters

  33. Dear St Monica it is crucial that i get away from my abusive husband soon. He will cause trouble whem he comes in around midnight . I am trembling already please help meget away from him I need somewhere else to live for me and my son and daughter Please help us

  34. Santa Monica, please pray for my husband and marriage. That the Holy Spirit strengthens my husband from all the addictions and temptations. That you bless our marriage and grow our bond stronger as we go through trials and tribulations. Amen

  35. I am asking prayer fir my husband and mother in law that they will go back to catholic faith. I have been attending their church but what i dont like in there is thst they do not teach repentance, forgiveness,morality, commandments and values unlike the catholic faith. Yes they read bible but they often mock and say bad things about catholic that it is a cult and not a true religion also to other religious group too. I go with them so that my husband and i will not fight over religion coz for me relugion cannot save you but your relationship is wgat matters.
    please help pray with me. Thank you all and God bless.

  36. Please pray for my alcoholic daughter to lose all desire to drink and just to live a normal Christian life for her child

  37. Dear St. Monica, Please intercede for me & my husband RGE. Our marriage is unraveling after more than 10 years. I don’t want to leave. I pray for my husband to have a conversion of heart. I pray for him to realize that the way he treats me with verbal abuse, name calling, selfishness & his unloving behavior is not right. I pray he is healed from his ‘dry drunk’ phase & he realizes all the things in life to be grateful for. I pray for his hardened heart to soften & be open to receive the Holy Spirit to change him in body, mind & spirit. Please heal & restore our marriage. I pray for him to be loving & kind with a joyful heart. Give me strength to trust in the Lord & for the patience for good things to happen. Please pray for all families & marriages! St. Monica, Thank you.

  38. please watch over my son keep him safe and working and help him to find a good women to love him.. I am and will always be forever grateful

  39. St Monica please help me to change the way of my son since before he was born I was praying for him and his ways as an adult is no good

  40. Dear St Monica I keep pounding the heavens for help but everything is getting worse Please help me get away from abusive husband

  41. Please pray for my son Peter to stop drinking and to stand up for the truth, he’s very loveable and caring. He’s the first born and their father wants him to lie as he has divided our family of late first wife and my children. I brought up all of them as one family. I’m now been accused of trespassing yet my kids were born there and I built the flat and bought plot next while driving trucks. I’ve no place to stay, my first born family have put me up for now. Special prayer to their father who has two very extreme personality. I have been beaten,abuse, misuse like an object. Been to theatre 26 times alot brought by stress and mistreatment, am not able to do alot. He lies of the highest order even crys to be pitted. Two older kids have fallen into and now are against me, they decided not to know the truth as relatives of their father has gang up too. Peter refused tried to tell his brother and sister but they now turn on him and was tolf not to communicate with me especially. God mercy be with us. Please, please my family need your intercession

  42. Please pray for my husband to get the help he needs to stop drinking and find happiness again also pray for our marriage to become strong and happy with love and support for each other

  43. please pray for my daughter sarah that she will be strong enough to stop drinking and take control of her life back, for the sake of her two children.

  44. Please pray for my marriage, husband, daughter, son & family for peace in our hearts, controlling of tempers and praying together as a family, growing spiritually together.

  45. St. Monica, please intercede my behalf. After 20+ years of struggling with infertility my husband and I were blessed with a beautiful princess whom we planned to adopt. We had her since birth until the age of 2. She was taken from us which completely shattered our hearts. Please pray for her to return to us. I will not give up for I know that one day she will return to us again. I have faith and trust that my Lord Jesus Christ will bring her home to us again. Please help me! Thank you

  46. St. Monica – Please pray for our family members who struggle with alcohol & other addiction. Bring our family, siblings & my mom back into their faith. Also, pray for my granddaughter who is now expecting a baby in Jan. She needs to know the love of Jesus & a supportive family who loves her. May she too retrun to her Catholic faith.

  47. plz pray for all my childern my nieces and newphes and all there children and the parterns and all my grand children

  48. Dear St. Monica please intercede on my behalf. My request is that my daughter Danielle returns to the Catholic faith especially now that she is planning on getting married. Help her remember her faith heritage as she begins her wedding plans. Thank you !!

  49. Dear St Monica I desperately need your help now. I feel I cannot cope anymore. It has taken me 25m minutes to write this as this awful cruel man has interrupted me and upset me with his vile comments . I am in pain mentally and physically withh him giving out to me and with my osteo athritis I need help for me and my family soon.Please help me

  50. St. Monica, Please pray for my sons and for my peace of mind as I strive to trust in Jesus and His Divine Mercy. You are a heavenly connection and I ask that you help us in this time of great need. Thank you.

  51. St. Monica please pray for my 17 year old daughter who will be going 9 hours away from home to college in the Fall. She recently revealed to me that she has been struggling with her faith and is doubting the existence of God and Jesus.

  52. Please pray for my brother as he continues to work on staying sober for the sake of his new wife and future family. Pray that my sons realize the importance of having faith and a belief in God.

  53. Please help me with me and my sons relationship. Soften his heart to find forgiveness!!! Bring him back to the family! Thank you St Monica for your intercession.

  54. Please St Monica,
    pray for my son, keep him safe and working. Please help him find a good woman to love him. He is a good man. I will be forever grateful.

  55. Please pray for my son who suffers depression and has stopped going to Mass. Please Saint Monica, ask Jesus to soften his angry heart and bring someone into his life who can lead him to you. Also for my husband who I had to leave due to verbal abuse. Heal our family.

  56. St Monica please enlighten my son Alex please make him come back to me wholeheartedly and make him leave his girlfriend permanently as soon as possible make him see all her negative characters and please help him to continue his studies in medical school please keep him safe make him realize that sex outside of marriage is a sin please keep him healthy also

  57. My both daughters Adrienne and Christina fallen away from the church. My granddaughter Madelyn (7) and grandson Carter (5) are not being raised Catholic. Grandson was baptized and granddaughter has not been baptized. Madelyn does attend Catholic school but not Carter. My prayer is for daughters to return to their faith and grandchildren become Catholic.

  58. Pray for Williams peace of mind- recovery from alcohol and drugs – that he become a spiritual leader – help him to be a leader for Chrsit and to take good care of his family

  59. St Monica, intercede for my family, especially my husband’s spiritual and psychological needs and for our marriage. Pray that I might know how to love in difficult situations.

  60. My husband has been unfaithful throughout our 20 year marriage. For the past 5 years he has had an emotional and physical affair with a married woman. He never fully cuts it off. Please pray for the restoration of our marriage. Thank you.

  61. Saint Monica,
    Please pray for my teenage son and bring him to the Church. He is confused by internet churches and with Satan. Pray that he will not follow any other faith except the one that glorifies the body, blood, soul and divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Please pray that I continue to have fortitude as you did, even after earthly death, until this is done. Amen.

  62. Dear St. Monica,
    Pls. intercede for my daughter Arabelle that she will be back again to our good Christian faith.Guide and protect her always that she will always be in the right direction in life…May she ever treasure and realize how impt. our Family relation is.May she be converted just like your son St. Augustine and may there will be more St. Ambrose in her life..This we ask in Jesus Name and with our Holy Mother Mary..

  63. Please pray for my son to hear and understand the will of the Father for his life.I Pray for him to make positive choices he will be proud of. Help him to know and show the gift of the Father ‘s Love. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayers.

  64. Dear St. Monica I pray for my husband to brought back to the Catholic faith… my husband no longer believes in Jesus anymore. I pray that his soul be saved. Please pray for my family.

  65. Happy Birthday CMK!! I too have read your heart felt prayers and am praying for U and your situation also. May St. Monica and Mother Mary and Jesus and God give U peace of mind and may they feel your pain, and help U out of this mess that U R in.

  66. St Monica my marriage is in danger of being dissolved. Please pray for us that this does not happen. If it does I will find life very difficult and sorrowful