Born: c. 1295 in Montpellier, Kingdom of Majorca, France
Died: 1327 at Montpellier or Angleria, France of Natural Causes
Relics in Venice, Italy in the church of San Rocco in Rome, Italy and in Arles, France
Venerated: Catholic Church (Third Order of Saint Francis)
Canonized: By popular fervor; added to Roman Martyrology by Pope Gregory XIV
Feast Day: August 16
August 17 by the Third Order of Saint Francis
Patronages: Against Cholera
Against Diseased Cattle
Against Knee Problems
Against Skin Diseases
Falsely Accused People
Relief from Pestilence
Place: Diocese of Tagbilaran, Philippines
Asturias, Cebu, Philippines
Subic Bay Freeport, Philippines
Pilgrim with Staff often displaying a plague sore on his leg
Pilgrim with a Dog
Pilgrim with a Dog licking the Plague Spot
Pilgrim with a Dog carrying a loaf of bread in its mouth
It is believed that Saint Rocco (Saint Roch) was born in Montpellier, France, in 1350, the son of the governor. At the age of twenty he went to Rome and while there devoted himself to the care of plague victims, effecting many miraculous cures.
Rocco himself fell victim to the plague, but eventually he recovered. When he returned to France, he was thrown in jail as a spy. He died in prison is 1380, at the age of thirty, and only then was it discovered that this prisoner had been a former governor's son.
After his death, many miracles were reported through Rocco's intercession. He is still invoked in times of pestilence and plague.
Prayer: O God, in Your great goodness, You sent Your Son among us to show us the way, the truth, and the life. Through the example and intercession of Your servant, Saint Rocco, may we always continue to follow Jesus in our sick and needy brothers and sisters. This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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