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Bishop Jude Speyrer. (American Press Archives)<br>

Bishop Jude Speyrer. (American Press Archives)

Funeral services next week for Bishop Speyrer

Last Modified: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 4:23 PM

LAKE CHARLES (AP) — Funeral services will be held next week for Bishop Jude Speyrer, the founding bishop of the Diocese of Lake Charles.

Speyrer, who served the diocese for 20 years, died Sunday. He was 84.

Morris LeBleu, director of communications for the diocese, said Wednesday he had no information on what caused Speyrer's death.

"He had been ill, not seriously ill, but ill as any 84-year-old person would be and likely succumbed to a number of maladies," LeBleu said.

Speyrer was ordained in 1953 and served in various posts in the Diocese of Lafayette for 27 years before being named bishop. Pope John Paul II chose Speyrer to lead the Diocese of Lake Charles as its first bishop when the diocese was established in 1980. He retired in 2000.

"I feel fortunate to have known and worked with this faithful priest and bishop, who did so much to build and strengthen the two dioceses in which he served. I pray that the Lord may grant him the reward of his labors," Diocese of Lafayette Bishop Michael Jarrell said in a statement.

A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 11 a.m. July 31 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Lake Charles.

Public viewing will be from 2-8 p.m. July 29 and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 30. Burial will be in the New Bethany Cemetery in Moss Bluff.

Posted By: Barbara Bryant On: 7/25/2013

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He was a great man and Bishop I was so lucky to know him.I wish I would of had the chance to tell him bye and thank you for being such a big part of my family.Growing up all my dad would was talk about the Bishop with so much respect. When my oldest brother was killed the Bishop came home to Lake Arthur and did the mass that meant the world to my dad.I grew up with that same respect for the Bishop because of what joy he brought to mh dad.When my other brother died the Bishop was out of town I got a txt from him.Sending his condolecens that he had read my brother had passed he was praying that was just the type of person he was.He is going to be so missed by me I would txt him almost every two days to check on him.RIP Bishop.

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