Roch was born in France and at the age of 20 Following the death of his parents, he traveled to Rome where he dedicated himself to caring for victims of plague Many cures were attributed to his care and prayers Roch himself contracted the plague and never recovered One legend tells us that Roch wandered into the forest, planning to die there alone He was befriended by a dog who kept him alive by bringing him food taken from his master’s table When Roch returned to France, he was imprisoned by an uncle who didn’t recognize him He died in prison at the age of 30 His identity was discovered only after his death Roch became one of the most popular saints in Western Europe and is honored as a miracle worker He has often been invoked during times of plague Saint Roch is often depicted dressed as a pilgrim, with a walking staff, broad brimmed hat, and a pilgrim’s shell (a symbol of the pilgrimage to the great shrine of Saint James in Compostela, Spain) Roch’s dog is also a common element in images of the saint from The Roman Missal – Common of Holy Men and Women – For One Saint S
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Dear Sacred Heart Families, On the 18th of this month we will have our annual State of the Academy presentation. In year's past this was a time to connect families and administration to discuss important institutional updates or changes. Since COVID has caused a constant stream of important institutional changes we have had regular Headmaster Conversations to serve as this communications bridge. These regular check-ins will continue and they have actually enabled us to have a deeper conversation about the school's status and future for this year's State of the Academy. I will be joined this year by several other presenters. We will use this time to reaffirm our understanding of the school's vision and to recharge our zeal for the school's mission. Look for more details on the event next week, but for now please mark your calendars for the evening of the 18th. In Jesus through Mary and Joseph, Sean Maltbie Headmaster ... See MoreSee Less