16 August 2019. Memorial of Saint Rock (Roque), Healer
Rock was the son of the governor of Montpellier, France. At the age of twenty he went on a pilgrimage to Rome. When a plague broke out in Italy he took care of the infected and cured many. He himself caught the disease, but not wishing to be a burden to others, he went to the woods to die. There a dog brought him food and licked his sores. Later its owner found Rock and looked after him. He died around the year 1378. A model of those who carry out works of mercy, he is invoked in time of pestilence.