Patron Saint of Dogs
was born of French nobility in 1285 with a natural affinity for the poor
and for the sick.
While on a pilgrimage, Saint Roch stopped to minister to victims of
The Plague - curing many - but eventually contracting the disease himself.
Saint Roch went into the forest to die, but was instead cared for by a dog
who licked his wounds and brought him food. Saint Roch recovered.
Upon returning home, Saint Roch was charged with spying and died
in prison in 1327.
Saint Roch's Feast Day is August 16.
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