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Visitation, funeral mass set for Bishop Paul Sirba of the Diocese of Duluth

Bishop Paul Sirba Photo: Courtesy Diocese of Duluth
Bishop Paul Sirba

Updated: December 03, 2019 10:50 AM

The visitation and funeral mass have been set for the bishop of the Diocese of Duluth, who died suddenly Sunday morning.

Bishop Paul Sirba, 59, suffered cardiac arrest Sunday morning in Proctor, according to a statement from the Rev. James Bissonette of the Diocese of Duluth.

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Bishop Paul Sirba of the Diocese of Duluth dies

Visitation for Bishop Sirba will be held at 3-8 p.m. Thursday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth. Visitation will continue at the cathedral on Friday from 8-11 a.m. Then, a funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Duluth.

According to his obituary, Minneapolis-native Bishop Sirba was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 1986 and served in four parishes. Additionally, he worked in the Spiritual Formation Department at St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul and was a spiritual director at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul. In 2009, he was ordained as the ninth bishop for the Diocese of Duluth.

"For the ten years of which Bishop Sirba was the shepherd of the Duluth Diocese, he was known to be an incredibly kind and compassionate pastor, a wise and thoughtful administrator, and a holy and virtuous man of prayer and deep faith," his obituary states. "He was a beloved and dear member of the Sirba family, and was revered as a true spiritual father by the clergy, religious and faithful of the diocese. He will be greatly missed."

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