Rochus Spiecker
24.07.1921 20.02.1968

A brief biography.

Rochus Spiecker was born on 24 July 1921 in Berlin with the baptismal names  Johann Wolfgang. In 1939 he joined the Dominicans, received the patron name Rochus and was professed on 31 March 1940. In WO II he was in German military service from 1941 till 1945. After the war he studied in Walberberg theology (1946)  and was ordained in 1949, and then he studied till 1951 in Rome.

In 1952 Spiecker was appointed senior chaplain of the German Scouting Saint George (DPSG) with the task of the religious education of scouts from 14 till 16 years.

In 1958 he resigned this office and was engaged as publicist and in the broadcasting organization, with among others in discussion programmes. 

From 1960 he produced many radio plays; some were broadcasted.

Spiecker published the documents of the Second Vatican Council in the German language in 1966. (Concilium Vaticanum: Konzilsdokumente. Registerband, Register zu den Konzilsdokumenten und Uebersichtsschemata.) 

After a long spell of  sickness he died 24  July 1968. The book of condolence was signed by many ecclesiastical and political persons, among others Willy Brandt, Herbert Wehner, Alfred Nau und Helmut Schmidt.

Source: Wikipedia.



Postal Card honouring nine men of the Catholic Youth Movement in the diocese of  Berlin.
In the middle Rochus Spiecker.

Germany (Berlin) 1990; Postal card with nine youth leaders.





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