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St Roche’s Canine Crusade

August 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Why St Roche?        One of the Abbey Museum’s oldest paintings is a 14th century fresco of St Roche’s dog. It is possibility the oldest painting in the collection and to go on display in the new Art Gallery.

Who was St Roche?   St Roche (or ‘Roch’ or ‘Rocco’) is the patron saint of dogs, bachelors, pestilence, the sick and invalids and against epidemics. He was born in 1295 to a rich family in Montpellier, France. He joined the Franciscan Order and distributed his fortune among the poor. While living in Italy, he caught the plague while ministering to the sick and was expelled from the town. Ill and starving, he was saved when a hunting dog found him and brought him bread every day.

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August 17
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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