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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?

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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!


  • “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.


  • 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.


  • “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.

michele schumacher - scholars of adrienne series

Michele Schumacher

michele schumacher - scholars of adrienne series

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 who 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. Of the many things I love about this book is the in-depth study of the intimate connections of the theologies of Adrienne and Balthasar.

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

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  • "The Meaning of Freedom and the Redefinition of Marriage," Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 18(2015):113-122
  • "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
  • “Leben in der Begegnung der Gaben. Die existentielle Theologie Adriennes von Speyr“ Internationale katholische Zeitschrift Communio 6 (November-December 2003): 601-614
  • "The Concept of Representation in the Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar," Theological Studies 60 (1999): 53-71