Order of Premontre, Premonstratensians, Norbertines, and White Canons

R. D. Gerlac András Horváth, O. Praem.

Birth: September 11, 1921

Death: March 12, 2018

House: St. Michael's Abbey, Orange

Gerlac was born in Pusztamagyaród, Hungary.  He graduated from the Norbertine Gymnasium at Kesthely in June, 1941, and entered St. Michael’s Norbertine Abbey in Csorna later that summer where he was vested with the white habit on 1941-08-14.  He was ordained to the priesthood on 1946-06-16. 
Gerlac left Hungary in 1950 at the time when St. Michael’s Abbey in Csorna was suppressed by the Communists and went to Rabat, Morocco, where he was Associate Pastor at St Joseph’s Norbertine Parish from 1950 – 1953.  He immigrated to the United States in October of 1953 where he studied at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and obtained an MA in French Literature and Civilization, and Classical Latin in 1955.
Gerlac taught French Literature at Carroll College, Helena, Montana from 1955 – 1957.  In 1957 he joined the other refugee confreres from the Hungarian abbey of Csorna as they gathered to form a new Norbertine community in Southern California.  He taught French Language at Mater Dei High School from 1957 to 1973.  In 1973 he moved to St. Michael’s in Silverado.  He taught Latin, Religion, and European History (Middle Ages) at St. Michael’s Prep from 1974 to 1992.  In his later years he expended much energy on overseeing the health insurance of the confreres of the canonry.
Gerlac was the last of the seven Hungarian founders of our abbey to depart for eternal life.
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