St Monica inspires mothers' prayers

As Advent approaches, Catholic mothers are being invited to follow the example of St Monica and pray for children who have become distant from parish life.

Speaking for the launch of the 'Come Home For Christmas' campaign, Bishop Kieran Conry said:   "St Monica is the Patron Saint of resting Catholics – she was a faithful wife and mother who prayed for years for her son to embrace the Christian faith. God answered her pleas and St Augustine became a great role model for generations of Christians throughout the ages."

“Monica reminds each one of us of the importance and power of Christian prayer, but also of the necessity to be patient. She teaches us that no matter how long it takes we are to be positively engaged - through prayer, love and invitation - in supporting those who are 'resting' Catholics to reconnect with their local Christian community. Motivated by and offering love, I encourage Mothers in particular, but all of us can participate, in nine days of prayer from 12th - 20th December. By the grace of God let's pray that thousands experience a deep encounter with the living God and that the invitations we issue to come home are warmly received."

Veronica Williams is the founder member of Mothers’ Prayers, an international prayer group for mothers, whose members join together in prayer around the world. She said: “We know that prayer works and are therefore very happy to support this initiative by promoting this novena. In our network we have hundreds and thousands of mothers praying in small groups united in prayer, and we have seen many mothers who because of their concern for their children come to our prayer groups and rediscover their faith.” For more information see:

Other participating partners are the National Board of Catholic Women and The Union of Catholic Mothers.

Mrs Sheila Goodchild, President of the Union of Catholic Mothers said:   “As The Union of Catholic Mothers prays constantly for mothers, families and marriages, we are very pleased to support and take part in the annual outreach campaign ‘Come home for Christmas,’ particularly as this year the campaign is inviting Mothers to reacquaint themselves more fully with their local Christian communities.” See:

Christine Newman, President of the National Board of Catholic Women said: "Inspired by the example of St Monica we encourage not only Catholic mothers but all Catholic women to play their part in praying for ‘resting’ Catholics to come home for Christmas."

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