Palluau-sur-Indre - ƒglise Saint-Sulpice - St Roch

We were to encounter St Roch in many churches over the next two weeks, always showing his plague wound and usually with a faithful dog bringing him bread.
On the death of his parents he distributed all his worldly goods among the poor though his father had ordained him governor of Montpellier. He set out as a mendicant pilgrim for Rome.
Coming into Italy during an epidemic of plague, he was very diligent in tending the sick and is said to have effected many miraculous cures. Ministering at Piacenza he himself finally fell ill.
He was expelled from the town and withdrew into the forest; he would have perished had not a dog supplied him with bread and licked his wounds, healing them.
Returning incognito to Montpellier he was arrested as a spy and thrown into prison, where he languished five years and died without revealing his name so as to avoid worldly glory.

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