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Balthasar, Hans Urs von

Born: 1905 AD
Died: 1988 AD
Nationality: Swiss
Categories: Theologian

1905 – Born on the 12th of August in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Studied at Vienna, Berlin and Zurich, gaining a doctorate in German literature.

1927 – Balthasar attended a 30-day retreat near Basel.

1928 – He joined the Jesuits.

1936 – Balthasar was ordained.

1937 – He declined an offer to be a professor at the Gregorian in Rome to establish a institute for ecumenical theology.

1950 – He left the Jesuit order, feeling that God had called him to found a new religious order for laity.

1960 – His theological output grew and drew much attention in Europe.

He received a number of honorary doctorates in theology and the Golden Cross of Mount Athos.

1980 – Balthasar gained ever-greater stature on the theological scene.

1988 – Joined the diocese of Chur.

1988 – Hans Urs von Balthasar died on 26th of June two days before his elevation as a cardinal.