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Priesthood Jubilees - June 2017

The Northern Cross - June 2017
Priesthood Jubilees

60 Years

Father Francis Paquette was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Thomas A. Welch at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Duluth on June 1, 1957, for the Diocese of Duluth.

Father Paquette was born in Duluth, the son of Emily Godbout and Frank Paquette. He was baptized at his home parish St. Jean Baptiste in Duluth. He attended St. Jean’s School in Duluth for his elementary and high school years. He studied philosophy at Crosier Seminary in Onamia and theology at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul.

During Father Paquette’s ministry, he was assigned to St. Francis Church, Brainerd; Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Cloquet; Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Virginia; St. James Church, Swatara; St. John Church, Hill City; St. Mary Church, Meadowlands; St. Louis Church, Floodwood; St. Raphael Church, Duluth; St. Joseph Church, Crosby; Immaculate Conception Church, Cromwell; St. Francis Church, Carlton; and St. Mary Church, Silver Bay.

In additional areas of service, Father Paquette was also the chaplain at the Virginia Municipal Hospital, the Federal Correctional Institute in Sandstone, and Miller Dwan and St. Luke’s hospitals in Duluth.

Father Paquette retired in 1998 and lives in Hermantown.

40 Years

Father Jerome (Jerry) Weiss was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Paul F. Anderson on June 4, 1977, at St. Francis Church in Brainerd.

Father Weiss is the son of Dolores and Wilfred Weiss. He attended St. Francis School in Brainerd for his elementary years and high school at Crosier Seminary in Onamia. He attended St. John Vianney at St. Thomas College in St. Paul, studied philosophy and theology at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul.

Father Weiss has served at St. Benedict Church, Duluth; St. Anthony Church, Duluth; Resurrection Church, Eveleth; St. John Church, Duluth; St. Paul Church, Warba, and St. John Church, Hill City. He is currently pastor at St. Joseph Church in Grand Rapids and St. Augustine Church in Cohasset.

Father Weiss also served the Diocese of Duluth as Defender of the Bond, vocations director, Personnel Board member; UCA/ stewardship committee; Presbyteral Council; Priest Pension Board; Consultor and Diocesan Review Board member.

30 Years

Father Joseph Sirba was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Robert H. Brom at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth on June 7, 1987, for the Diocese of Duluth.

Father Sirba was born in Minneapolis, the son of Helen and Norbert Sirba. He has two brothers and one sister. He attended Nativity of Mary Elementary School and Benilde High School. He attended the University of Minnesota and studied philosophy at the University of St. Thomas and theology at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul and St. John’s Seminary in Boston.

Father Sirba served at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, Duluth; St. Anthony, Ely; St. Pius X, Babbitt; St. James, Duluth; Holy Rosary, Aurora; Queen of Peace, Hoyt Lakes; Queen of Peace, Cloquet; Holy Family, Cloquet; St. Elizabeth, Duluth; St. Edward, Longville; and St. Patrick, Beroun. He is currently pastor of St. Patrick in Hinckley and St. Luke in Sandstone.

Father Sirba also served on the diocesan Presbyteral Council and was a Consultor. He also was the chair of the Human Life and Development Fund. He also was pastor at St. Pius X in Babbitt when the parish added an addition and elevator. Renovations were done at Queen of Peace in Hoyt Lakes when he was pastor, and he was pastor of St. James in Duluth when the Last Supper scene was installed.

15 years

Father Michael Patullo was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Dennis Schnurr at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth on May 23, 2002.

Father Patullo attended Elk River Senior High in Elk River and the University of Minnesota- Morris and Duluth. He studied philosophy at St. John Vianney Seminary and theology at Pontifical North American College in Rome.

Father Patullo has served at the Hibbing Catholic Community, Hibbing; St. Louis Church, Floodwood; St. Mary Church, Meadowlands; Immaculate Conception Church, Cromwell; Immaculate Heart Church, Crosslake; St. Emily Church, Emily; St. Edward Church, Longville; and St. Paul Church, Remer. He is currently pastor of Our Lady of the Lakes parish, which includes St. Alice Church, Pequot Lakes; St. Christopher Church, Nisswa; and Our Lady of the Pines, Pine River.

Father Patullo has also served on the Presbyteral Council and as a Consultor for the Diocese of Duluth.