Monday, May 31, 2010

St. Roch (c.1295 to c.1327)

St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals but for all you canine lovers, St. Roch is the patron saint of dogs.
Also known as St. Rocco, he was born c.1295 in Montepelier, France. He made a pilgrimage to Rome, Italy to care for plague victims. He contracted the disease and survived.
St. Roch was imprisoned for five years as a spy and died there c.1327. After his death, miracle after miracle happened in his name, which led to a cult following. He is also the patron saint against the plague.

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