Aug 27, 2020
Father Nicholas Blank, a Parochial Vicar at the Basilica of
Saint Mary, reflects on Saint Monica, the patron saint for the
conversion of family members. Today, August 27th, is the Memorial
of Saint Monica. This fourth century saint tirelessly prayed for
the conversion of her pagan husband, Patricius, and her son, Saint
Augustine, before their remarkable conversion to Catholicism. This
reflection was recorded on August 27, 2020.
Founded in 1795, the Basilica of Saint Mary in Old Town Alexandria is the first Catholic parish established in Virginia. Pope Francis named the church a minor basilica on December 6, 2017 due to its important role in the growth of the Catholic Church in North America.