best bibliography in english

I am pleased to announce the most comprehensive bibliography in English of Adrienne von Speyr.

This accomplishment is significant in that it gathers together the complete catalog of Adrienne in English. This page will be updated frequently to help grow the next era of scholarship on Adrienne. She has been and will be such a gift to the Church. Will you step in?

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best secondary bibliography

Long in progress, I am pleased to announce the most comprehensive secondary bibliography on Adrienne von Speyr ever available.

This accomplishment is significant in that it gathers together the not yet connected scholars of Adrienne who are needing each other to grow toward the next era of scholarship on Adrienne. She has been and will be such a gift to the Church. Will you step in?

Please support this research by donating. Thank you.

jacques servais - scholars of adrienne series

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As we enter even deeper into this series of scholars of Adrienne series with the first and second, let’s enter into this new and special scholar.

I would like to introduce probably the one scholar who has been the most present spiritually to the movement of Adrienne in the Church. Please meet this wonderful scholar, Fr. Jacques Servais, S.J.. In spiritual, academic, and ecclesial works, Fr. Servais, a Jesuit with the highest academic credentials, has grown the significance of the spirituality of Adrienne, especially for young adult men through his Casa Balthasar and his new endeavors with the Accademia Balthasar. While I have not yet met Fr. Servais in person (we came close when I visited Rome in 2005), I have met several people touched by him, such as Fr. Justin Matro, O.S.B. and Nicolas Faguer. These good men presented the goodness of Fr. Servais. I am so thankful and I know you will be when you begin to enter his scholarship and ecclesial mission. Enjoy!

Articles

  • “Should We Engage Ourselves in the World or Make Ourselves Indifferent to All Things?,” Communio: International Catholic Review 32(2005):430–51
  • “The Evangelical Counsels and the Total Gift of Self,” Communio: International Catholic Review 31(2004):362–78
  • “Finding God in All Things,” Communio: International Catholic Review 30(2003):209–81
  • “Mary’s Role in the Incarnation,” Communio: International Catholic Review 30(2003):209–81
  • “La Dottrina teologico-spirituale della Preghiera secondo Adrienne von Speyr,” in I Quattro Universi di Discorso: Atti del Congresso internazionale Orationis Millenium. June 24–30, 2000 at the Cura di Giuseppe de Gennaro, L’Aquila (Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2002)
  • “Freedom as Christ’s Gift to Man in the Thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar,” Communio: International Catholic Review 29(2002):556–78
  • “A Response from Jacques Servais,” New Oxford Review (September 2002):36–42
  • “Per una Valutazione dell’influsso di Adrienne von Speyr su Hans Urs von Balthasar,” presented at the XIV Colloquio Internazionale di Teologia, May 25–26, 2000, in Rivista Teologica di Lugano 6(2001):67–88
  • “Per una valutazione dell’influsso di Adrienne von Speyr su Hans Urs von Balthasar,” Rivista teologica di Lugano 6(2001):67-89
  • “Confession as a Sacrament of the Father of Mercy According to Adrienne von Speyr,” Communio 26(1999):343-57
  • “La Confession, Sacrament du Père de Miséricorde selon Adrienne von Speyr,” Communio: Revue Catholique Internationale 23–24(1998/99):103–118
  • “The Lay Vocation in the World according to Hans Urs von Balthasar,” Communio: International Catholic Review 23(1996):656–76
  • “The Ressourcement of Contemporary Spirituality under the Guidance of Adrienne von Speyr and Hans Urs von Balthasar,” trans David Louis Schindler, Jr. Communio 23(1996):300-321
  • “Ressourcement de la vie spirituelle aujourd’hui sous la conduite d’Adrienne von Speyr et de Hans Urs von Balthasar,” in Vermittlung als Auftrag: Vorträge am Symposion zum 90. Geburtstag von Hans Urs von Balthasar 27.–29. September 1995 in Fribourg (Schweiz), ed. Hans Urs von Balthasar Stiftung. (Freiburg im Breisgau: Johannes Verlag Einsiedeln, 1995)
  • “Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Continuing Youthfulness of the Exercises,” Communio: International Catholic Review 21(1994):331–43
  • “The Community of St. John,” trans. Michael Waldstein, Communio 19(1992):208-19
  • “Adrienne von Speyr, l’inspiratrice méconnue,” France catholique (November 8, 1991):17–18

barbara albrecht - scholars of adrienne series

Continuing from my first post in this series highlighting scholars of Adrienne, our next scholar is the important early reader and friend of Adrienne, Barbara Albrecht.

Books

  • Durchblick in Texten, vol. 1 of Eine Theologie des Katholischen: Einführung in das Werk Adrienne von Speyrs. Einsiedeln: Johannes Verlag, 1972.
  • Darstellung, vol. 2 of Eine Theologie des Katholischen: Einführung in das Werk Adrienne von Speyrs. Einsiedeln: Johannes Verlag, 1973.

Articles

  • “Speyr (Adrienne von),” in Dictionnaire de spiritualité ascétique et mystique, doctrine et histoire, XIV (Paris: Beauchesne, 1990)
  • “Une femme dans l’Église: Adrienne von Speyr (1902–1967).” Vie consacreé 47 (1975): 33–45.”
  • “Kirche als Geheimnis des Lebens in der Sicht Adrienne von Speyrs” Christliche Innerlichkeit 10 (1974): 31–42.

balthasar on adrienne

Here is a complete collection of Hans Urs von Balthasar's writings on Adrienne von Speyr. This list does not collect his citations of her in his own works or his introductions to her books. The primary works are his books First Glance and Our Task, which are so very essential to understanding both Balthasar and Adrienne. Enjoy!

Books

  • Erster Blick auf Adrienne von Speyr (Einsiedeln: Johannes Verlag Einsiedeln, 1989). Translated as First Glance at Adrienne von Speyr, trans. Antje Larry and Sergio Englund (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1981)
  • Unser Auftrag: Bericht und Weisung (Einsiedeln: Johannes Verlag Einsiedeln, 2004). Translated as Our Task: A Report and a Plan, trans. John Saward (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1994)

Co-authored

Symposium

  • Adrienne von Speyr und ihre kirchliche Sendung. Akten des römischen Symposiums (27-29 September 1985), edited by Hans Urs von Balthasar, Georges Chantraine, and Angelo Scola (Einsiedeln: Johannes Verlag Einsiedeln, 1986). Translated as La mission ecclésiale d'Adrienne von Speyr. Actes du colloque romain (27-29 septembre 1985) (Paris: Éditions Lethielleux and Culture et Vérité, 1986)

Articles

  • “Adrienne von Speyr (1902-1967). Die Miterfahrung der Passion und Gottverlassenheit,” Geist und Leben 58(1985):61-66
  • “Adrienne von Speyr et le sacrement de penitence,” Nouvelle Revue Théologique 107(1985):394-403
  • “Adriennes Charisma,” in Adrienne von Speyr und ihre kirchliche Sendung. Akten des römischen Symposiums (27-29 September 1985) (Einsiedeln: Johannes Verlag Einsiedeln, 1986), 173-78. Translated as “Le charisme d'Adrienne,” in La mission ecclésiale d'Adrienne von Speyr. Actes du colloque romain (27-29 septembre 1985) (Paris: Éditions Lethielleux and Culture et Vérité, 1986), 187-93.
  • “Das literarishe Werk Adriennes von Speyr,” in Adrienne von Speyr und Ihre Spirituelle Theologie: Die Referate am Symposion zu ihrem 100. Geburtstag 12. - 13. September 2002 in Freiburg im Breisgau, ed. Hans Urs von Balthasar Stiftung (Einsiedeln: Johannes Verlag Einsiedeln, 2002), 125-31
  • “Theologie des Abstiegs zur Hölle,” in Adrienne von Speyr und Ihre Spirituelle Theologie: Die Referate am Symposion zu ihrem 100. Geburtstag 12. - 13. September 2002 in Freiburg im Breisgau, ed. Hans Urs von Balthasar Stiftung (Einsiedeln: Johannes Verlag Einsiedeln, 2002), 138-46

michele schumacher - scholars of adrienne series

Michele Schumacher

The mission of this website is dedicated to advancing the theological study of Adrienne von Speyr. As such, I am beginning a new series on highlighting the best scholars who have and are working on understanding the world of Adrienne von Speyr. The first scholar I would like to highlight in this series is Dr. Michele Schumacher, a private docent on the theology faculty of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, who has been a regular speaker and writer for important Catholic institutions and publications in Europe and the United States.

Dr. Schumacher’s most important work so far on Adrienne is her excellent study A Trinitarian Anthropology: Adrienne Von Speyr and Hans Urs Von Balthasar in Dialogue With Thomas Aquinas, published by CUA Press in 2014, and will stand for a very long time as the definitive work on Adrienne’s theological anthropology. I love many things about this book, especially in-depth study of the intimate theological connections between Adrienne and Balthasar.

As you will see below, she has several articles and chapters demonstrating her great accomplishments with furthering the theological study of Adrienne. Enjoy!

Selected Bibliography (available in English)

Books

Articles

  • "The Meaning of Freedom and the Redefinition of Marriage," Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 18(2015):113-122
  • A Theological Anthropology: Adrienne Von Speyr and Hans Urs Von Balthasar in Dialogue With Thomas Aquinas. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University Press of America, 2014.
  • "Ecclesial Existence: Person and Community in the Trinitarian Anthropology of Adrienne von Speyr," Modern Theology 24 (2008): 359-385
  • “Ecclesial Existence: Person and Community in the Trinitarian Anthropology of Adrienne von Speyr,” Modern Theology 24(2008): 359-385
  • "A Speyrian Anthropology: The Expansion of Human Liberty to the Measure of the Divine," in Wisdom and Holiness, Science and Scholarship: Essays in Honor of Matthew L. Lamb, ed. Michael Dauphinais and Matthew Levering (Naples, FL: Sapientia Press, 2007), 315-352
  • "A Speyrian Theology of the Body," in The Virgin Mary and Theology of the Body, ed. Donald Calloway (West Chester, PA: Ascension Press, 2005), 255-292
  • "The Nature of Nature in Feminism, Old and New: From Dualism to Complementary Unity," in Woman in Christ: Toward a New Feminism, ed. Michele Schumacher (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004), 17-51
  • "The Concept of Representation in the Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar," Theological Studies 60 (1999): 53-71

new primary domain, new primary mission

About a decade ago, I began this website vonspeyr.net as a way to share my doctoral research on Adrienne von Speyr. Here was my first post. That original idea has grown into being an international hub for connecting scholars, saints, speyrians, and so many others interested in Adrienne von Speyr.

I wish I could share the diversity and beauty of all those that have visited and learned from this website. For me, I have met all kinds of people in and outside the church that are fascinated by Adrienne — such as high ranking church officials, discerning atheists, intense mystics, exploring theologians, simple priests, exuberant sisters, and so many wonderful friends. Wow. The Lord has used this website for so much good in the church. And It all began with that one small yes to the inspiration to make a website devoted to Adrienne von Speyr

As this website enters into its second decade, I would like to guide this work into a new domain: adriennevonspeyr.net

The original vonspeyr.net works great as well as the other variants, adriennevonspeyr.com, and adriennevonspeyr.org.

The reason for the change is to make this website more clear about from whom we are learning, about whom we are talking, and for whom we are advocating.

Adrienne is a world, a saint, and a doctor of the church. I will speak more about these missions soon and I’m so excited to share about this news, but all in proper ecclesial time - Lent before Easter.

This website has been a passion and mission for me. The cost of this website is a worthy cause. I strive for designed beauty and substantive writing. All together this website costs $260 for one year of website domain management via hover.com and also website design via squarespace.com. These services are the best that I have found for consistent, safe, and beautiful hosting of this important mission. If you find this website valuable for yourself and others, please consider donating here.

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Thank you.

Please find all you need here at adriennevonspeyr.net and may God bless another decade of devotion to the study of Adrienne von Speyr. May she pray for us and this mission to know the Lord more fully and follow him more closely.

would you please share my book

Heaven Opens: The Trinitarian Mysticism of Adrienne von Speyr, my book is available.

“Sutton’s deep penetration into Adrienne’s mystical gifts offers an excellent introduction to her unique vision and also helps hit the ‘reveal codes’ button for von Balthasar’s theology.” - Rev. Raymond Gawronski, S.J.

I don’t write here to sell books, but do share what I create in my writing and teaching. My newest book captures the foundation of my theological and spiritual work as I develop the profound mysticism of Adrienne von Speyr. You can find out more about it here.

If you’ve read my book, would you please considering sharing it with others by reviewing it in journals or online?

“In this significant monograph, Sutton brings expositional clarity and conceptual rigor to the extensive textual legacy of Adrienne von Speyr. It is a real accomplishment.” Dr. Paul Nimmo

All your help sharing my book gives me support to work on the next book, which will be available soon. I can’t wait to share this new one with you.

“This book has the potential to do for Adrienne von Speyr’s theology what Father Edward Oakes’ Pattern of Redemption did for Hans Urs von Balthasar’s in the mid-1990s, in this case by accessibly introducing Adrienne to a generation of students and scholars.” Dr. Matthew Levering

Please read and share my book. You can find it in print and as an ebook. Thank you for caring to share these ideas.

review of my book

The kind, Cyrus Olsen of the University of Scranton, reviews my book, Heaven Opens:

"The central thesis of the book is that the fulfilled mission of the Son opens heaven “to the Trinity and reveals the original image of the eternal, immanent relations of triune love”. Given that the bulk of von Speyr’s work is untranslated, Sutton’s study of the German and French renders a great service to the church and the academy in English-speaking contexts. ... Von Speyr needs an apologist capable of accounting for her analogical imagination if her trinitarian theology is to be taken more seriously today. ... Sutton may be poised to deliver an account."

Review PDF here. Citation: Cyrus P. Olsen, III (2014). Horizons, 41, pp 401-402 doi:10.1017/hor.2014.66

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he descended into hell

"Your Son, Father, let himself be sent beyond his death on the Cross into hell, into that most abandoned, most desolate region in which no living man has ever set foot. He did this in order to share better in all your mysteries, in order to show you that he is never complacent in your service, in his love for you. He offered you the "extra" by going even farther with his descent into hell. Father, since we know what your Son suffered and endured for our sake out of love for you, let us prove ourselves grateful for it. Moved by the same love that you give to your Son in the Holy Spirit, let us attempt to offer to you and to him everything we do and suffer, hope for and love, in a manner pleasing to you. Do not let the grace of your Son be wasted on us. Let our answering Yes resound with such ringing finality that you can accept it as an irrevocably valid word. You can really hear it as such, because the overflowing love and grace of your Son that are bestowed upon us guarantee that his own powerlessness to go on will be inserted where our feeble powers fail, in order thereby to round out our mere attempt to an actual accomplishment, indeed, to his accomplishment, which he presents to you, to your eternal light, through his descent into darkness."

  • Adrienne von Speyr, With God and Men, pg. 66 - 67

a trinitarian anthropology by schumacher

Available now from Catholic University of America Press is the new book project from Michele Schumacher, a private docent at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Her book, A Trinitarian Anthropology: Adrienne von Speyr and Hans Urs von Balthasar in Dialogue with Thomas Aquinas will have much to contribute to von Speyr and Balthasar studies. I've always enjoyed her work like Women in Christ: Toward a New Feminism and I know you will too when you are able to read this important new book. You will find it on amazon.

Congratulations to Michele for this magisterial work!

the name adrienne

In my professional writing I often I will refer to Adrienne von Speyr as ‘von Speyr.’ Even though she took the surnames of her first (Dürr) and second (von Kaegi) husbands, she was published under her maiden name. While it is also common to use her name Adrienne, I choose to use the more common, English academic practice of using her surname.

On pronoucing her last name “Speyr,” one can say “spair”, “spire”, or “schpair” depending on which language one is speaking, be it English, German, or Swiss, respectively. I tend to use the Swiss style "schpair".

In my personal or informal writings, I refer to her as Adrienne. The Community of St. John chose to use first names with the personal pronoun du.

preorder my new book

We are two weeks before my book ships. I believe so strongly in this book and its impact for the scholarly and spiritual study of Adrienne von Speyr and Hans Urs von Balthasar. If you haven't preordered, please do so. You will be supporting me certainly (a good thing, I hope), but also supporting your further growth in deepening your faith in what our Lord has revealed to us in Jesus Christ.

His love endures.

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more good words about my book

"Hans Urs von Balthasar is increasingly acknowledged as one of the greatest theologians of the Christian tradition. Unquestionably, he was master of Western civilization as few have ever been and brought all into the key of Christ. His spiritual mentor in this vast undertaking was Adrienne von Speyr, whose work von Balthasar held to be more important than his own. Karl Rahner famously observed that the Christian of the twenty-first century would be a mystic-or not be at all. Adrienne von Speyr models this for us: she was gifted with a 'cataract of mystical graces.' Matthew Lewis Sutton's deep penetration into her mystical gifts offers an excellent introduction to her unique vision and also helps hit the 'reveal codes' button for von Balthasar's theology." - Raymond Gawronski (Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology, Berkeley, CA)

"This book has the potential to do for Adrienne von Speyr's theology what Father Edward Oakes's Pattern of Redemption did for Hans Urs von Balthasar's in the mid-1990s, in this case by accessibly introducing Adrienne to a generation of students and scholars. Focusing on the center of her thought-the opening of heaven through Christ's obedience so that we can share even now in the relationships that characterize the life of the divine Trinity, in light of her own experience of mystical penetration into the Father's sending of the Son and Spirit-Matthew Lewis Sutton ably presents Adrienne's teaching on the full panoply of theological topics. The convergence of her theology with von Balthasar's is striking." - Matthew Levering (Mundelein Seminary)

"Matthew Lewis Sutton's thorough, unpretentious, and lucid introduction to the person and work of Adrienne von Speyr is now the standard guide in English. Indeed, I suspect it will remain the standard for many years to come. If you're looking for an excellent introduction to Adrienne von Speyr, look no further." - Rodney Howsare (DeSales University)

"Matthew Lewis Sutton's explication of Adrienne von Speyr's insight into Christian spirituality untangles the style of the mystical writer, giving the reader access into the deep vision of this contemporary woman, which is too often dismissed as simplistic due to her uncomplicated language by some and as impenetrable due to her circular manner of her writing by others. Sutton's work uncovers wealth within subtlety and gives access to a truly inspired writer for sincere seekers of God's presence in the world. It is a must-read for those who have approached von Speyr but found her difficult to follow." - Justin M. Matro (Saint Vincent Seminary)

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thanksgiving after confessing at the end of the year

Lord, we thank you for the gift of confession, for having taken away all our sins by your death.

When you did this, you showed us how total nakedness before the Father, how standing ready before him, doing his will, remaining where he has placed us all belong to the essence of true confession.

And now, as we come to the end of this year, we are conscious of having often done wrong. We have neglected so many things that, in keeping with your will, we ought to have attacked with gusto. We have not paid enough attention to your voice, we have not truly lived for you alone.

For we should have sought you in all things, we should have relished the year's joys as coming from you, we ought to have taken on ourselves its sufferings as willed or permitted by you, we ought to have followed every path you opened to us.

And yet there is no need to look back dolefully on this year, for like every year it was a year of your grace. A year in which you helped us, ceaselessly encouraged us, and showered us with joys and an endless number of good gifts.

And if we have not discovered you in all things and have failed so often to meet your expectations, today your grace permits us to have the refuse cleared away from us. You cleanse, you mend, you make all things new in us and together with us. And you do all this by the power of your Cross.

You suffered this Cross on Good Friday, and, in spite of our denial, you made so many feasts of redemption come after it on the strength of your Resurrection. And the absolution you give us is a perfect one: you give us the gift of a new purity, in union with the Father in your common Holy Spirit, in the eternal purity of the Trinity.

And so we do not have to keep building on an imperfect and unstable basis but have the grace of a new beginning on the foundation of your own perfection, which you communicate to us. We have the grace to join in your work of construction, to walk, to hope, to labor at your side.

This is how confession shines into our daily life, this is the effect of absolution. It irradiates and causes that joy which sprang first from your Cross and throughout all the days of the past year was enough to show us plainly your task.

Therefore, we thai you for having done everything for us exactly as we needed, we thank the Father, who let you become man for our sake, we thank the Holy Spirit, whose constant effort has been to realize your mission in our existence. Amen.

  • Adrienne von Speyr, With God and With Men: Prayers,