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Bishop Paul Sirba Biography

Bishop Paul Sirba Biography

Paul David Sirba was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as bishop of the Diocese of Duluth, Minnesota from 2009 until his death.


He was 59 years old

Early life and education

Sirba was born in the city of Saint Paul, Minnesota. He graduated from the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Minnesota. He completed his studies at the Saint Paul Seminary in Saint Paul and Minneapolis and at the Notre Dame Institute for Catechetics in Alexandria, Virginia.

Ordination and ministry

Sirba was ordained a priest May 31, 1986 for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. He served in the following positions: assistant priest of the Saint Olaf Parish in Minneapolis (1986–1990) and Saint John the Baptist Parish (1990–1991), Spiritual Director of the Seminary of Saint John Vianney (1991–2000), pastor of the Maternity of Mary Parish, Saint Paul (2001–2006), Director of Spiritual Formation in the Saint Paul Seminary, Saint Paul (2006–2009), vicar general of the same archdiocese since June 2009.

Bishop of Duluth, Minnesota

Pope Benedict XVI appointed him to fill the vacancy as bishop of Duluth succeeding Archbishop Dennis Schnurr, who was named Coadjutor Archbishop of Cincinnati in October 2008. Sirba was consecrated and installed as the bishop of Duluth on December 14, 2009.

Bishop Paul Sirba Death and Cause

Paul Sirba suffered cardiac arrest at St. Rose Church in Proctor and was taken to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, where lifesaving measures were tried in vain, said a statement from the Rev. James Bissonette, Sirba’s vicar-general.

News of Sirba’s death at about 9 a.m. was disclosed to diocese staff and announced during mass at parishes around the region.