What is Casa Balthasar?

Casa Balthasar is a house of spiritual discernment and studies, located in Rome (Italy). It is intended primarily for young people of all nationalities who aspire to give themselves to the Lord in some form of consecrated life and who are convinced of the world’s need for radical Christian commitment.

Founded in 1990 under the patronage of Cardinal J. Ratzinger, it is a work of the Lubac-Balthasar-Speyr Association at the service of the universal Church, directed by Jacques Servais SJ.

The house draws its inspiration from Hans Urs von Balthasar, Adrienne von Speyr and Henri de Lubac, three great teachers of the spiritual life for our time, deeply imbued with the Ignatian spirit of contemplation, discernment and social awareness.


The house offers personally-guided Spiritual Exercises (one to four weeks) or a longer program of discernment, which includes both spiritual and intellectual formation in the spirit of the Gospel and the Catholic Tradition.

Casa Balthasar is also house to the “Accademia Balthasar“, a center of formation. It organizes on-site conferences, study sessions and regular courses, and provides access to a library of nearly 10.000 books related to the theological, literary and cultural milieu of Hans Urs von Balthasar.

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