How to apply

How to apply

Jesus teaches life of the evangelical counsels to the disciples

“He went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him” Mk 3:13

  • The application process specifically concerns young Christian men between eighteen and twenty-nine who are seriously in search of the will of God upon their lives and their vocation in the Church.
  • In order to initiate contact, one sends a letter or email in English or in another language (French, German, Italian, Spanish) to the director, Fr Jacques Servais, SJ (contact) in which he briefly introduces himself and explains the reasons of his enquiry.
  • One may include a brief reference to the vocational orientation of one’s life, mentioning for example some significant moments wherein he felt the presence of the Lord, or his connection to a particular saint.
  • The reply of the director will eventually include the “Charter”, which states the nature and the goals as well as the basic rule of the Casa, and the “Preliminary Questions” to be answered in order to be admitted to the program.
  • Since the program begins normally in June, the application process should be completed before the end of the academic year.

Spiritual Exercices

Ignatius of LoyolaThe Casa offers personally guided Spiritual Exercises to young people in search of the Lord’s will for their life and their vocation in the Church.

The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola are a method of discernment and election of a state of life in which a Christian prepares and disposes his soul to rid itself of all the disordered tendencies, and, after it is rid, to seek and find the Divine Will as to the management of one’s life for the salvation of the soul.

After a time of evangelical conversion, by subordinating our desires to the end for which we are created, who, like the disciples in the Gospel, feels called by Jesus to a further way is directed towards a life of personal following of Christ, learning to be at God’s full disposal and interior freedom (the Ignatian “indifference”).

The Exercises are personnally guided by a Jesuit and last from one week up to four.

>> To undertake these Exercises, please contact Fr Jacques Servais, SJ.

Discernment program

Guiding Principles of the Discernment Program

The Casa Balthasar welcomes young people of every nationality who come with the desire to live a time of personal searching for the particular way that the Lord has chosen for them in the Church. It is primarily a residence for a group of men who aspire to give themselves to the Lord in some form of consecrated life and are looking for an extra-academic education. It also welcomes young celibate women who are discerning a vocation.

Christian Life

madonnaMost young people who are considering the consecration are lacking in true Catholic education. The house has therefore settled a school of Christian life centered on the evangelical counsels – poverty, virginity, obedience – and aiming to give a formation at once intellectual and spiritual in the spirit of the Gospel and Tradition of the Church.

Evangelical Counsels

arnogaThe house intends to open, as largely as possible, the hearts to the Word of God which personally addresses each with his call through the action of the Holy Spirit (cf. Jn 16:12-15). In such a way the residents are prepared to discern a possible specific vocation to the consecrated life in its various forms, including in a secular community for those who are convinced of the world’s need for radical Christian commitment.

Spiritual Exercises

Ignatius of LoyolaThe spiritual program is based upon the pedagogical principles of Ignatius of Loyola.
To each of the laymen is given the possibility of making the “Spiritual Exercises” to order one’s life and to discover or deepen their particular vocation in the Church and in the world.

Spiritual and Cultural Formation

2008 accademia 6The Casa’s general aim is to help its students to know and live the bimillenial faith of the Church, as well as familiarize them with the questions of the contemporary world.

The Casa desires to place itself, as much as possible, at the center of Christian life understood in its organic totality. By the study of great authors, of yesterday and today, the Casa seeks to develop its students’ capacity to “judge every thing” (1 Cor. 2:15), and to integrate faith and life, cultural and spiritual formation, professional competence and sanctity. This humanistic program is inspired by the theological principles developped by Hans Urs von Balthasar, Adrienne von Speyr and Henri de Lubac.

Community life

The nature, spirit and objectives of the Casa are defined in a Charter, which is conveyed to the candidates and constitute the document the residents give their consent to and try to observe during their stay.

The basic spoken language in the house is Italian, but people (of any nationality) with a working knowledge of English, French, German, or Spanish should not hesitate to apply.

The small group of residents participates in the evangelical spirit of the house. For the room and board during their stay in the Casa, they are welcome to make an offering according to their financial means. All community services (cooking, cleaning, etc.) are managed in-house by the residents.

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