Last events, seminars or sessions of the ”Accademia Balthasar”


library balthasarEndowed with nearly 10.000 books and journals, the library of the Casa Balthasar is open to students, professionals and professors. It hopes to make living and accessible in Rome the theological, literary and cultural milieu of Hans Urs von Balthasar.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 12.30 pm

Library Contents

Works in multiple languages and secondary literature on

  • Henri de Lubac
  • Hans Urs von Balthasar
  • Adrienne von Speyr
  • Works edited by Balthasar (Johannes Verlag, Klosterberg series…)
  • “Communio” Journal (various editions)

Works of authors closely connected to Balthasar and Lubac, particularly

  • Joseph Ratzinger – Pope Benedict XVI
  • Ignatius of Loyola
  • Ferdinand Ulrich

In the translation of all that I thought needed to be known and assimilated by Christians today from the great theological tradition, I tried to render as concrete as possible the sense of Catholicity. I began with the Apostolic Fathers, through the Middle-Ages, finally coming to our age. It seemed to be in the spirit of John, the one called simply, “the theologian”, to make known those among our brothers and sisters who are the greatest and most spiritual.

Hans Urs von Balthasar

The study center: Accademia Balthasar

In the seat of the Casa Balthasar there is a specialized library and a center of studies named Accademia Balthasar which is open especially to university students or researchers.

The Accademia Balthasar, founded 1992 by the Lubac-Balthasar-Speyr Association under the patronage of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, has as its objective to make known the figure and the thought of Henri de Lubac, of Hans Urs von Balthasar and of Adrienne von Speyr. It intend to lead who attends towards the spirit of greater faith and love of the Lord which distinguishes these autors.

More in general, the Accademia’s aim is to help its students to know and to live the bimillenial faith of the Church and to foster a renewal of evangelical life and knowledge within the Church. In the spirit of the three autors of reference, the teaching tries to meet with the questions of the contemporary world, by placing itself, as much as possible, at the middle of Christian life understood in its organic totality.

By the study of great authors, of yesterday and today, the Accademia seeks to develop its students’ capacity to “judge everything” (1 Cor 2:15) in a secularized world. It seeks to integrate faith and life, cultural and spiritual formation, professional competence and santity and thus make a Christian capable of living in his ecclesial existence the unity of docility and personal responsibility.

Christian humanities

The Accademia organizes seminars which aim to guide to an understanding of these authors in relation to the world with whom they entered especially in dialogue: the pagan antiquity, the patristic tradition, the Ignatian spirituality, the ancient and modern philosophy, the modern and contemporary literature both Christian and non-Christian.

The teaching, which is organized according to the European University schedule, addresses in particular young men and women who are seeking to integrate their own studies with a broader formation along the lines of a Christian humanities. The program is structured to develop in each student, whatever be his background or the direction of previous University studies, a sense for the realities of the world both positiv and critical, along with a deepening of his faith.

A focal point of attention is the mission of the lay faithful in the world, including their state of life and responsibility, as well as the question on the relationship between faith and culture, personal sanctity and professional commitment.

The activity of the Accademia includes regular courses and seminars, study sessions, conferences, public debates, and summer programs, always with the intention to bring to the fore the doctrinal and existential, as well as the practical application of these theological works.

Method and Program

The method used, inspired by that found in certain universities especially in the United States, consists in reading, in an objective and existential way, a text of a grand author, first alone, then in a group, always under the guide of a qualified teacher.
The program includes seminars in various areas: Sacred Scripture, Fathers of the Church, Theology, Philosophy and Culture, covered by our three autors of reference.

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A specialized library collects the works, in various languages, of the three mentioned authors as well as the books and publications able to let their thought and cultural circle be understood.
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Christmas 2013: “God went out of His way for me”

gherardo delle notti adorazione del bambinoAn anthology of readings from Charles Péguy
Rome, Church of the Gesù, 27th to 31st December 2013

Five days of meditation and reflection on the anxious heart of a God that nurtures hope in the return of His lost child.

Never has a Christian poet penetrated so deeply the mysteries of God’s tender heart, a heart that – more intimate to the human heart than the human heart is to itself – is the most pure agape.
H. U. von Balthasar

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Programme 2013-2014


1° semester (Roma)

  • St. Irenaeus: “God in flesh and blood”, texts from the anthology of the Adversus Haereses edited by H. U von Balthasar (A. Brutto)
  • The task of the Catholic philosophy (J. Servais – A. Brutto)
  • The confession in contemporary literature (A. Savoldi)
  • The “evangelical counsels”, living in the world today (J. Servais)
  • The discernment of spirits in the Letters of St. Ignatius (J. Servais)

2° semester (Roma)

  • Joseph Ratzinger – “Jesus of Nazareth” (A. Brutto)
  • Engagement of the Christian into the world (J. Servais)
  • Theo-Drama, vol . 1 – Introduction to the drama (A. Brutto)
  • Saints and heavenly mission (A. Savoldi)

 Annual course

  • Discernment of the spirits in St Ignatius’ letters (J. Servais)

Seminar on “Theo-Logic I” of Balthasar

theologik I wahrheit der welt balthasarGuided reading of the first chapter (“Truth as nature”) of this third volume of Balthasar’s trilogy, Theo-Logic I: Truth of the World

Seminar led by Adrian Walker

From October 14th to 30th; 13 sessions during the week, from 8:30 am to 12:20 am Read more