The Commander

Il commandante

The Commander is in charge of the overall management of the Guard. In particular, he is responsible for the recruitment as well as the compliance of the guard regulations and the orders of his superiors. Furthermore, he is liable for the positive development of the Corps and the maintenance of its discipline.

Colonel Christoph Graf was born on 5th September 1961. His place of origin is Pfaffnau in the canton of Lucerne. He joined the Guard in 1987, is married and father of two children. As Lieutenant Colonel and Vice Commander he was the first adviser to the commander and liaison officer externally, responsible for controlling and had the function of chief of staff. In the past he had been a successful instructor and sergeant major inside the Guard.

On 7th February 2015, he was appointed 35th Commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard by Pope Francis.


The Lieutenant Colonel

Il Vicecomandante

Philippe Morard


Il cappellano

Don Thomas Widmer


Il Maggiore

Major Lorenzo Merga is officer of the second squadron. The Ticino officer, in the Guard since 1995, is also chief representative and responsible for the formal and linguistic training of the guards which includes the organisation and administration of Italian tuition. Furthermore, he is head of equipment, the visitors’ service and plans the swearing-in activities.

Prior to his appointment as ajorcaptain, he was a long standing instructor of the Corps, most recently human resources manager and Captain. Major Merga is married and has one son.


Capitano II

Cyril Duruz


Capitano II

Adrian Ambord