Biography of Bishop Sirba

Bishop Paul D. Sirba

Bishop Paul D. Sirba is the ninth Bishop of Duluth. The son of Norbert (deceased) and Helen (deceased) Sirba, he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in 1986.

He has two brothers: Father Joseph Sirba (a priest of the Diocese of Duluth) and John (Sue Ann) Sirba and one sister, Catherine (Scott) Kelly. He has 13 nieces and nephews and three grand-nephews. He was raised in Bloomington, Minn., and attended Nativity of Mary Grade School, the Academy of the Holy Angels, the College of St. Thomas, and the St. Paul Seminary. He received his Master of Divinity degree from St. Paul Seminary and a Master of Arts degree from the Notre Dame Apostolic Catechetical Institute in Arlington, Va. After his ordination he served as associate pastor at the Church of St. Olaf, Minneapolis, from 1986 to 1990; at the Church of St. John the Baptist, Savage, from 1990 to 1991; as a member of the spiritual formation department at St. John Vianney Seminary, St. Paul, from 1991 to 2000; as pastor of Maternity of the Blessed Virgin, St. Paul, from 2000 to 2006; and as spiritual director at the St. Paul Seminary from 2006 to 2009.

He was appointed vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis by Archbishop John C. Nienstedt on July 1, 2009. Bishop Sirba was ordained a bishop on Dec. 14, 2009.

For the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Bishop Sirba has served as a Region VIII representative on the Priorities and Plans Committee and as a member of the Administrative Committee; he is a member of the Catholic Home Missions Committee.

Past bishops of the Diocese of Duluth:

  • Bishop James McGolrick (1889-1918)
  • Bishop John T. McNicholas, OP (1918-1925)
  • Bishop Thomas A. Welch (1926-1959)
  • Bishop Francis J. Schenk (1960-1969)
  • Bishop Paul F. Anderson (1969-1983)
  • Bishop Robert H. Brom (1983-1989)
  • Bishop Roger L. Schwietz, OMI (1990-2001)
  • Bishop Dennis M. Schnurr (2001-2008)