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