Contagious Diseases / Roch, 1295–1327,
Feast Day: August 16

A religious pilgrim from Montpellier, Roch was known for his ability to heal with the sign of the cross. As he passed through plague-stricken areas, he would stay to heal the sick. When he became ill himself, he went off to die alone so that no one would need to nurse him. A dog cared for and fed him until he recovered.

Other patronages: grapevines; dealers in secondhand goods, gravediggers, stoneworkers; bachelors, prisoners

Invoked: against cholera, plague, skin diseases

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