Bishop Paul Sirba of the Diocese of Duluth, Minnesota, an alumnus of the Christendom Graduate School, died unexpectedly on Sunday, December 1, 2019, after suffering a heart attack. At only 59 years old, his death comes as a shock to his diocese. He leaves behind his mother, three siblings, and many nieces and nephews.

After unsuccessful resuscitation efforts in the E.R., Sirba was pronounced dead shortly after 9:00 a.m. on Sunday. He was able to receive last rites.

Bishop Sirba attended the College of St. Thomas and studied for the priesthood at St. Paul Seminary. He received his Master of Divinity Degree from St. Paul Seminary, and his Master of Arts degree from the Christendom Graduate School (formerly called the Notre Dame Apostolic Catechetical Institute).

Bishop Sirba was ordained a priest in 1986 at the age of 25, and ordained Bishop of Duluth, on December 14, 2009. Bishop Sirba was just several days shy of celebrating the 10-year anniversary of his episcopal ordination.

Please pray for the repose of Bishop Sirba, his family, and for the Diocese of Duluth as they grapple with this sudden loss.

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