“We are all saddened by the death of Bishop Speyrer who served our Lord Jesus so devoutly and fulfilled the office of apostle so diligently. He was a good and faithful servant. We also appreciate the legacy he left behind, the foundations he laid for the Diocese of Lake Charles, and the memories of his insight and wisdom. Finally, we take great consolation in the faith that we shared with Bishop Speyrer in the victory over death accomplished in Jesus Christ and the hope of eternal life that it promises. I recall my long acquaintanceship with Bishop Speyrer that began in Lafayette when I served as his altar server. I consider it a great privilege to have been under his tutelage. May he rest in lasting peace.”