Paul David Sirba (September 2, 1960 – December 1, 2019) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as bishop of the Diocese of Duluth, Minnesota from 2009 until his death.

Paul David Sirba
Bishop of Duluth
ArchdioceseSaint Paul and Minneapolis
AppointedOctober 19, 2009
InstalledDecember 14, 2009
PredecessorDennis Schnurr
OrdinationMay 31, 1986
ConsecrationDecember 14, 2009
by John Clayton Nienstedt, Peter F. Christensen, and Lee A. Piché
Personal details
Birth namePaul David Sirba
Born(1960-09-02)September 2, 1960
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
DiedDecember 1, 2019(2019-12-01) (aged 59)
Duluth, Minnesota, United States
Styles of
Paul David Sirba
Coat of arms of Paul David Sirba.svg
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop


Early life and educationEdit

Sirba was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Minnesota. He completed his studies at the Saint Paul Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota and at the Notre Dame Institute for Catechetics in Alexandria, Virginia.[1]

Ordination and ministryEdit

Sirba was ordained a priest May 31, 1986 for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.[2] 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),[3] vicar general of the same archdiocese since June 2009.[4]

Bishop of Duluth, MinnesotaEdit

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.[4] Sirba was consecrated and installed as the bishop of Duluth on December 14, 2009.

Bishop Sirba died after a heart attack on December 1, 2019.[5][6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Bishop Paul D. Stirba-obituary
  2. ^ "Pope Names Ninth Bishop for Diocese of Duluth" (PDF). Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth. October 15, 2009. Retrieved October 20, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Curriculum Vitae, Rev Paul Sirba, The Saint Paul Seminary/School of Divinity" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 22, 2012. Retrieved October 20, 2009.
  4. ^ a b Strickler, Jeff (October 15, 2009). "Twin Cities priest named bishop of Duluth". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved October 20, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Diocese of Duluth". Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  6. ^ Walsh, Paul (December 2, 2019). "Catholic bishop for Duluth diocese suffers fatal cardiac arrest". Star Tribune. Retrieved December 2, 2019.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Dennis Schnurr
Bishop of Duluth
Succeeded by