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St. Roch Cemetery

St. Roch Cemetery

One of New Orleans’ more interesting cemeteries, which has arguably the most eccentric chapel.

St. Rocco (Saint Roch) is greatly venerated in Southern Italy and Sicily. In fact, no other country in the world honors St. Rocco as extensively as Italy, most particularty in the South. Numerous cholera epidemics ravaged Southern Italy from shortly after St. Rocco's death and the Southern Italian people turned to St. Rocco for his protection against this plague, other sickness and for his help in all circumstances of life.

At the turn of the Century, millions of Southern Italian immigrants brought their devotion to the Blessed Mother and the Saints, including St. Rocco to the United States.

After his death it is said that Rocco continued to perform many miracles of healing. He is known as the patron saint of the sick .