Theater in Casa Balthasar

Two recent podcasts on Adrienne von Speyr


to enjoy to Adrian Walker’s two most recent podcasts on

von Adrienne von Speyr and her principle work: Handmaid of the Lord.


Adrian Walker – alumnus of Casa Balthasar – is an editor of the journal Communio, an International Catholic Review. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy and he has served as a translator for the English edition of Pope Benedict XVI’s, Jesus of Nazareth, as well as numerous other theological works including those of Hans Urs von Balthasar and Adrienne von Speyr.

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Casa Balthasar, current location in Rome

Whom is it for

Whom is it for

Young celibate men and women who want to make personnally-guided Spiritual Exercises (one to four weeks), having as their purpose the overcoming of self and the ordering of one’s life on the basis of a decision made in freedom from any disordered attachment.

Young persons who are more at liberty and want to be given a program formation and vocational discernment (a few months or more). This program includes a personally-guided education both spiritual and intellectual.

Young male students or professionals, who are ready to suspend for one or two years their current commitments and stay for a longer period of time devoted to discerning and consolidating a vocation. They are desirous of finding the will of God and of consecrating themselves in the Church at the heart of the world and want to take the means to do so.

Educated young people who have the possibility of attending regular seminars of the Accademia Balthasar. These seminars would concern those who are in search of a formation in Christian humanism in dialogue with the western Culture, with the special aim of discovering the meaning of the three vows of poverty, virginity and obedience as a threefold dimension of an authentic being within – not from – the world.

University students and researchers who want to deepen their knowledge, thanks to the specialized library, of three major representatives of the world culture that Pope emerite Benedict XVI has indicated as assured references: Henri de Lubac, Hans Urs von Balthasar and Adrienne von Speyr.

Anyone interested in conferences and public debates or study sessions, open to non-residents. These events take place during the year, especially during religious holidays and the summer vacation.


What is Casa Balthasar

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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