Saint Gerlac of Valkenburg
- Also known as
Gerlach of Valkenburg
Gerlach von Houthem
- 5 January
- Soldier who led a wild and licentious life, part as a highwayman, until the death of his wife, after which he experienced a conversion.
Did penance the rest of his life, first by caring for the sick in Jerusalem for seven years, then giving away his property, living as a hermit in a hollow tree near his own estate.
Each week he travelled to Maastricht to venerate the relics of Saint Gervase, to Aachen to venerate Our Lady.
Much slandered because of his early life and his austerities.
Late in life he developed a dispute with some local monks who wanted him to join their monastery.
Friend of, and corresondent with Saint Hildegard of Bingen.
Had a vision of Saint Gervase on 5 January 1170.
- c.1100 at Valkenburg, Holland
- 1172>-1177 at Houthem, Holland of natural causes
- domestic animals
hermit accompanied by an ass
hermit wearing a Norbertine habit
hermit with a thorn in his foot
man living in a hollow tree
- Additional Information
Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
Lives of the Saints II, by Father Thomas J Donaghy
Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints, by Matthew Bunson, Margaret Bunson, and Stephen Bunson
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