On Sunday, December 1, just as Morning Prayer ended, the Sisters learned the devastating news of the sudden death of our shepherd, Bishop Paul Sirba. Bishop Paul Sirba suffered cardiac arrest at St. Rose Parish, Proctor on Sunday morning as he was going to the Church to offer Mass.
The Sisters ask you to join us and all the faithful of our Diocese as we grieve his untimely death, and also recognize the gift that he has been to us, to the Diocese, and to our region.
Our prayers of support go out especially to his mother, Helen, his siblings Father Joseph Sirba, Kathy, and John and their families, to the priests of the Diocese, and to the support staff of the Diocesan Center.
In this season of Advent we take comfort in knowing that Bishop Paul, having heard and accepted the call to service, is now in the company of those who have gone before him, and will hear the words of our Lord, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Master.”
A vigil will be held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. The vigil will resume at 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, until Bishop Sirba’s 11 a.m. funeral. BISHOP SIRBA’S FUNERAL WILL BE LIVESTREAMED BY WDIO. The stream will be available on WDIO.com.