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.
It is a shock to learn that Bishop Paul Sirba of the Diocese of Duluth died suddenly this morning of cardiac arrest at the age of 59. Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine. Et lux perpetua luceat ei. pic.twitter.com/cHQ9RwaA7X
— Cajun Papist (@CajunPapist) December 1, 2019
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
Bishop Paul Sirba had a heart attack while preparing for Mass today, and died suddenly.
He is remembered as a holy man, a good bishop, and a great ping pong player. May he rest in peace.https://t.co/gwwNgpfaEr
— JD Flynn (@jdflynn) December 1, 2019
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
Bishop Paul Sirba of Duluth, Minnesota died unexpectedly of a heart attack this morning.#CatholicTwitter let’s show our true colors and offer prayers for him.
Through the mercy of God, may he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/f8W7MbGoVl
— 𝐅𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧 𝐋𝐨𝐂𝐨𝐜𝐨 (@FatherLococo) December 1, 2019
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.