Saint Gerlac of Valkenburg

detail from an 1860 holy card of Saint Gerlach, artist unknown; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Gerlac von Houthem
  • Gerlac of Maastricht
  • Gerlach….
  • Gerlache….
  • Gerlacus….
  • Gerlachus….
  • Gerlak….



Born the nobility, he served as a soldier in the imperial German army. 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, Germany 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 correspondent with Saint Hildegard of Bingen. Had a vision of Saint Gervase on 5 January 1170.





Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Gerlac of Valkenburg“. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 December 2020. Web. 16 June 2021. <>