St. Roch

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 08/16

Patron Of: against epidemics

16 August
French noble who early developed a sympathy for the poor and sick; reported to have been born with the image of a red cross on his breast. Orphaned at age 20, he gave his fortune to the poor, and became a mendicant pilgrim; may have been a Franciscan tertiary. While on pilgrimage Roch encountered an area afflicted with plague. He stayed to minister to the sick, and affected several miraculous cures, usually by making the sign of the cross over them, but contracted the plague himself. He walked into a forest to die, but was befriended by a dog. The dog fed him with food stolen from his master's table, and Roch eventually recovered.

When Roch returned to Montpellier, France, he was arrested for being a spy. He languished in jail for five years, never mentioning his noble connections, cared for by an angel until his death.
1295 at Montpelier, France
 1327 at Montpelier or Angleria, France of natural causes
 relics in Venice and Rome, Italy, and at Arles, France
 against cholera
 against epidemics
 against knee problems
 against plague
 against skin diseases
 against skin rashes
 Albaredo d'Adige, Italy
 Balzola, Italy
 Barano, Italy
 Carbonara Scrivia, Italy
 Casalnoceto, Italy
 Castropignano, Italy
 Cereseto, Alessandria, Italy
 diseased cattle
 falsely accused people
 Labico, Italy
 Lillianes, Italy
 Orsogna, Italy
 Patricia, Italy
 Pozzi, Italy
 relief from pestilence
 Rocca Priora, Italy
 Subic Bay Freeport, Philippines
 Tagbilaran, Philippines, diocese of
 tile makers

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