St. Monica’s history begins in 1991 when it was formed as a mission
of St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Naples Deanery. St. Monica’s first worship services were held in the community room of the North Collier Hospital and then in an office building near Valewood Drive and Immokalee Road.
On October 2, 1994, we held the first service in what is now our Parish Hall. In 2002, three classrooms were added to our formation wing. In 2006, the Chapel of the Holy Family was named and blessed. The icons of the Holy Family of Jesus and the Holy Family of Monica were commissioned and blessed at the same time.
Late in 2005, our Vestry realized that we could not do the ministry to which God has called us without more space. We began planning for the construction of our current worship space and the first worship was held there in July 2010. By then, we’d also added restrooms to two classrooms and enclosed a porch to create a library.
The near future will bring completion of the newest building with modifications for a permanent worship space, music room, nursery and welcoming and fellowship space. This phase of construction also includes plans for more classroom and office space as needed.
The preserve area outdoors, behind the classroom wing (entrance off the parking lot on the west side of the parish hall building) now contains our newly completed garden, with stations for prayer and meditation. In addition, we have added a memorial garden for burial of ashes, and intend to add a labyrinth.