Jude Speyrer

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Jude Speyrer
Bishop of Lake Charles
In office 1980–2001
Ordination July 25, 1953
Consecration April 25, 1980
Personal details
Born (1929-04-14)April 14, 1929
Leonville, Louisiana
Died July 21, 2013(2013-07-21) (aged 84)
Opelousas, Louisiana
Nationality American
Denomination Roman Catholic

Jude Speyrer (April 14, 1929 – July 21, 2013) D.D., was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as the first bishop of the Diocese of Lake Charles, Louisiana.[1]


Born in Leonville, Louisiana, Speyrer was ordained to the priesthood on July 25, 1953.

He was appointed the first Bishop of Lake Charles on January 29, 1980 by Pope John Paul II; he was consecrated and installed on April 25, 1980.

Speyrer served as the ordinary of the diocese until February 22, 2001, when his successor Edward Braxton was installed.


Bishop Speyrer died on July 21, 2013, in Opelousas, Louisiana, aged 84.[2]


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
None (diocese erected)
Bishop of Lake Charles
Succeeded by
Edward Kenneth Braxton