Jean-Marie Speich

Jean-Marie Speich is a French prelate of the Catholic Church who has worked in the diplomatic service of the Holy See since 1986. He has been an archbishop since 2013 and Apostolic Nuncio to Slovenia and Apostolic Delegate to Kosovo since March 2019.

His Excellency, the Most Reverend

Jean-Marie Speich
Apostolic Nuncio to Slovenia
Apostolic Delegate to Kosovo
Archbishop Jean-Marie Speich.JPG
Appointed19 March 2019
PredecessorJuliusz Janusz
Other postsTitular archbishop of Sulci
Ordination9 October 1982
Consecration24 October 2013
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Birth nameJean-Marie Speich
Born (1955-06-15) 15 June 1955 (age 65)
Strasbourg, France
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous postApostolic Nuncio to Ghana (2013–2019)
Alma mater
MottoWI I KAN (As I can)
Coat of armsJean-Marie Speich's coat of arms
Styles of
Jean-Marie Speich
Coat of arms of Jean-Marie Speich.svg
Reference styleHis Excellency
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleArchbishop
Ordination history of
Jean-Marie Speich
Diaconal ordination
Date26 June 1982
Priestly ordination
Ordained byBishop Léon Arthur Elchinger, Bishop of Strasbourg.
Date9 October 1982
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorPope Francis
  • Giovanni Tonucci
  • Jean-Pierre Grallet, O.F.M.
Date24 October 2013


Speich was born on 15 June 1955 in Strasbourg, France, to Xavier Speich and Marie Thérèse Goetz, residents of Willgottheim (Bas-Rhin).[1] His sister Andrée Speich is a cloistered Benedictine nun.[citation needed]

Speich was ordained to the priesthood on 9 October 1982,[2] by Bishop Léon Arthur Elchinger.[citation needed] From 1982 to 1984, he served as assistant pastor at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in the Archdiocese of Strasbourg.[3] To prepare for a diplomatic career he entered the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in 1984.[4]

He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on 1 July 1986 and was assigned to Apostolic Nunciatures of the Holy See in Haiti, Nigeria, Bolivia, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Spain and Cuba.[2] On 27 March 2008, he became head of the section for French-speaking countries at the Secretariat of State.[2]

On 17 August 2013, Pope Francis named Speich Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana and titular archbishop of Sulci.[2] He received his episcopal consecration from Pope Francis on 24 October.[5]

On 19 March 2019, Pope Francis appointed him Apostolic Nuncio to Slovenia and Apostolic Deledate to Kosovo.[6]

Speich's academic degrees include a doctorate degree in canon law, and a licentiate in sacred theology, both from the Pontifical Gregorian University.[2]

The Speich family coat of arms dates to the first half of the 13th century.[7][8][9][a] Speich assumed the motto of Speich family of Strasbourg, which has been in use since 1415. This motto, "Wi I Kan", which is in Alemannic German and means "As I can".[citation needed]




  1. ^ The blazon of the arms is as follows:
    • German: In Silber über grünem Dreiberg steigender gebildeter goldener Mond, uberhöht von goldenem Kreuz,
    • French: D'argent à la croix d'or alésée à pal brochant la fasce en chef sur la lune croissante d'or figurée en abîme, le tout sur trois pointes de montagne sinople


  1. ^ Cf. Pays d'Alsace, Willgottheim Woellenheim, Deux villages du Kochersberg, Société d'Histoire et d'Archéologie de Saverne et environs, No. 120 -123 (1982-1983), ISSN 0245-8411.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Rinunce e Nomine, 17.08.2013" (Press release) (in Italian). 17 August 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Curriculum Vitae". Order of Malta Embassy to Slovenia. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Pontificia Accademia Ecclesiastica, Ex-alunni 1950 – 1999" (in Italian). Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. Archived from the original on 10 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Slovénie: Mgr Jean-Marie Speich nommé nonce apostolique". Zenit (in French). 19 March 2019. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Resignations and Appointments, 19.03.2019" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  7. ^ Wild, Samuel (1902). Wappen der am Schlusse des 19. Jahrhundert lebenden Bürger-Geschlechter des Kantons Glarus. Sorgfältigst zusammengetragen und dargestellt nach Wappenbüchern älterer und neuerer Zeit, sowie nach Sigillen und Pettschaften (in German). Glarus. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015 – via
  8. ^ Gottfried Heer, Zur Geschichte glarnerischer Geschlechter, derjenigen des Serftales insbesondere. Allerlei Bilder aus vergangenen Tagen, Ed. Rud. Tschudy, Glarus, 1920
  9. ^ JMS (Summer 2012). "[s.n.]". Kocherschbari (in French). Truchtersheim, FR: Association des amis du Kochersberg (65): 26–32. ISSN 0243-2498.
  10. ^ "Mgr Speich reçoit la Légion d'Honneur". Église catholique en France. Édité par la Conférence des évêques de France (in French). 6 January 2010. Archived from the original on 20 August 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Léon Kalenga Badikebele
Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana – August 17, 2013 Succeeded by
Preceded by
George Antonysamy
Titular Archbishop of Sulci – August 17, 2013 incumbent