Lubac-Balthasar-Speyr Association

The Lubac-Balthasar-Speyr Association is a public association of faithful in the service of the universal Church.

The Association began its activities on February 18, 1991, to support the “Casa Balthasar”, founded in 1990 under the patronage of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, by an international group gathered around him of disciples or young friends of Hans Urs von Balthasar and Henri de Lubac:

Aim of the Association

The Lubac-Balthasar-Speyr Association intends:

  • to make known among young men and women the figure and work of Henri de Lubac, of Hans Urs von Balthasar and of Adrienne von Speyr,
  • to promote an evangelical life and studies in the spirit of these authors,
  • to assist young men and women in their cultural and spiritual formation and especially in their discernment of a state of life in the Church.

Works of the Association

The Association strives towards these ends above all through the Casa Balthasar, a school of christian life located in Rome (Italy), especially dedicated to young adults lay Christian desiring to deepen their commitement to the Lord and discern how they are called to serve Him.

The Casa Balthasar houses also the Accademia Balthasar, with a dedicated library of about 10.000 books.

The Association’s offices are located at the Casa Balthasar (see Contact information).


Support the Casa Balthasar

From its very beginnings the Casa Balthasar has been sustained by prayer and charitable donations. Trusting in Providence, the Casa appeals to the generosity of benefactors who are ready to help those who wish to live there for a time of discernment and formation.

Help us with a donation by…

… Euro (€) Wire transfer in Italy to the account of the
Lubac-Balthasar-Speyr Association
Account Details: BIC/SWIFT & IBAN
… Check or money order Made out to “Associazione Lubac Balthasar Speyr” and sent to the Casa Balthasar
… Credit card with PayPal
NB: be aware that 3.4% of the amount of the donation is retained by PayPal as a transaction fee.
€ – EUR 

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Casa Balthasar, current locationCasa Balthasar
Via Nomentana 236
00162 Roma

Telephone: +39 06 86 328 193

Email: vicerettore[@]

For personal request or application, you can write directly to Fr Jacques Servais, SJ:

Directions to the Casa Balthasar  


Directions to Casa Balthasar

The Casa Balthasar is located in Rome (Italy), Via Nomentana #236, around 30mn from the storical center, close to the Basilica of Saint Agnes Outside the Walls.

From the city center, you can reach the house with public transportation, either by the metro line B1 (station Annibaliano-Sant’Agnese), or by the bus numbersor 60 or 90 (stop Nomentana-Asmara)

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Route planner:

Note: In downtown Rome, you can use the same ticket or ‘BIT’ (1,50 Euro) for the metro – for one trip only -, train, bus and tram as long the entire trip is less than 100 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at any of the Tobacco shops (‘Tabacchai’) or inside train and metro stations.

How to arrive coming from…

Coming from Termini Station

  1. On the piazza del Cinquecento, in front of Termini, take the #90 bus with a BIT ticket.
  2. Get off the bus at the Nomentana-Asmara bus stop (9th stop – 15 min).
  3. The Casa Balthasar is 50 yards ahead on the right after the intersection.

Coming from Piazza Venezia

  1. Take bus #60 (with a BIT ticket) in the direction of Largo Pugliese, at the bus stop situated at the corner of via Cesare Battisti (at the corner with the palace of the Assicurazioni Generali in the direction of Via Nazionale).
  2. Get off the bus at the Nomentana-Asmara bus stop (11th stop – 25 min).
  3. The Casa Balthasar is 50 yards ahead on the right after the intersection.

Coming from Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci Airport(FCO)

  1. Take the train for Roma Termini (Leonardo Express) at the station near Terminal C (consult the train time-table on the website of Trenitalia). The ticket, purchasable at one of the station’s automatic ticketing machines or at a Tobacco shop, costs 14 Euro and is not valid for other means of public transportation. Do not forget to validate the ticket in one of the yellow machines before entering the train.
  2. Arrive at the Roma Termini station (travelling from Fiumicino will take approximately 30 minutes). Follow the Coming from Termini Station‘ instructions.

Coming from Ciampino Airport (CIA)

  1. Leaving the terminal, take one of the shuttle buses for Termini Station (4€ or 4,50€ depending on which company; the tickets are to be bought from the bus driver when first getting on). The buses depart about every 30 minutes. The trip to Termini takes about 45 minutes.
  2. Get off at Termini and follow the directions: Coming from Termini station.

Coming from the Tiburtina Station

  1. With a BIT ticket, get on the outbound FR1 double-decker train for Fara Sabina, Poggio Mirteto or Orte. The first train leaves at 5:57 AM and the last at 11:27 PM, nearly every 15 minutes. The trip from Tiburtina to the Nomentana Station (1st stop) takes about 5 minutes.
  2. Get off at the Nomentana Station and follow the directions: Coming from the Nomentana Station.

Coming from the Nomentana Station

On foot (10-15 minutes):

  1. Exit the station making your way towards “via Val d’Aosta” (in the tunnel underneath the station it will be the most distant of the two exits).
  2. Turn right onto via Val d’Aosta, which climbs right up until the via Nomentana.
  3. Turn right onto the Nomentana, and keep going straight after the bridge. About 200 yards further on there will be a park on the right side of the street (Villa Leopardi).
  4. Cross the via Nomentana; the Casa is on the other side of the street from the park.

By bus:

  1. Exit the station making your way towards “via Val d’Aosta” (in the tunnel underneath the station, it will be the most distant of the two exits).
  2. Leaving the station, at the top of the stairs is a bus stop. Take the #82 bus towards “Piazza Venezia” with a BIT ticket.
  3. Get off at the 3rd stop, via Asmara.
  4. The Casa is on the left.

Coming by car from the highway

  1. Coming into Rome, take the Grande Raccordo Anulare (GRA), and take ‘uscita 11 (Nomentana)’, towards ‘Monte Sacro, Roma Centro’ (the sign for ‘Roma Centro’ has a series of concentric circles)
  2. Take the via Nomentana for 5 km until you reach the bridge over the railway and the Tangenziale Est (which will be indicated with green-coloured signs). The bridge is at the top of a steep hill. Continue along the Nomentana.
  3. Arriving at the 3rd traffic-light after the bridge (passing by a little park on your right, Villa Leopardi), get in the left lane and make an U-turn, as if you wanted to go back in the other direction on the Via Nomentana.
  4. The Casa Balthasar is immediately on your right (2nd gate).