Video: Procession Saint Rocco in the North End, Boston on July 17, 2011.
The Story of Saint Rocco
Saint Rocco was born into an aristocratic French family. He turned away from his worldly inheritance and status, giving all of his possessions to the poor and the sick. Saint Rocco willingly turned to a life of poverty, charity and service to others. He traveled plague stricken Europe caring for the sick and ultimately, through the grace of God, miraculously curing those he encountered. Saint Rocco, born into power and influence, escaped death from starvation and plague by eating food brought to him by a dog.
San Nicola Baronia, a small town in Italy, adopted this Holy Man as their patron saint. Immigrants from this town established a Society dedicated to his works in Boston, Mass. in 1921. Read more.
Fun fact: Saint Rocco was featured in the New York City procession shown in the Godfather II movie.