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Funeral Mass for Bishop Paul Sirba Being Held Today

Darren Danielson
Updated: December 06, 2019 08:36 AM

Catholics from around Minnesota will gather Friday morning to pay a final farewell to the leader of the Catholic Diocese of Duluth. The funeral mass for the late, most reverend bishop, Paul David Sirba will be held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary.

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Bishop Sirba died unexpectedly Sunday morning.

For nearly ten years, Bishop Sirba has been preaching the teachings of the Catholic church here in the Duluth Diocese. A large diocese covering the entire arrowhead region with 65,000 catholics.

Sirba grew up in Minneapolis, attended St. Paul seminary and was ordained a priest in 1986. Pope Benedict appointed Sirba as the ninth bishop for the diocese of Duluth in 2009.

Two years after becoming bishop, Sirba outlined his then very ambitious strategic plan for the diocese in an interview on WDSE-TV's, Almanac North program saying, "Our goal is transparency in the process, to try and be in as much communication with our people, and then also making sure the planning happens at the local level as much as possible."

Bishop Sirba is credited with dedicating himself to healing the church amid historic controversies, years of bankruptcy, changes in demographics of the church and a shortage of priests.

Today is a time to reflect on Bishop Sirba's life. He served the diocese for more than three decades.

Bishop Sirba's casket will be accompanied by his nephews. Archbishop Bernard Hebda of the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is today's celebrant and Bishop Sirba's brother, father Joseph Sirba, will deliver the homily.

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Darren Danielson

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