Academy of Holy Angels is deeply saddened to share the news of the sudden passing of Bishop Paul Sirba of AHA's class of 1978. Sirba was ordained a priest in 1986 at the age of 25. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him bishop of Duluth, Minnesota, and he was ordained as a bishop in December 2009. Sirba was just 13 days away from the 10th anniversary of his episcopal consecration.
Before he became the ninth bishop of Duluth, Sirba was a priest of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. From 2006 until 2009, he was the director of spiritual formation at the Saint Paul Seminary in Saint Paul.
Bishop Sirba remained involved at Academy of Holy Angels as an alum. In 2018, as part of the class of 1978 40-year reunion festivities, he celebrated Mass at the school's annual Rock the Lawn outdoor music festival (pictured left to right is Father Tix - school chaplain, Beth Shipley, Bishop Sirba '78, and Tom Shipley - president). Previously, he generously offered the use of his bishop’s residence for AHA alumni events in Duluth.
Sirba was raised in Bloomington and attended Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary prior to his years at Academy of Holy Angels. After high school, he attended the University of St. Thomas and then the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity where he received his master of divinity degree. Following, he received a master of arts degree from the Notre Dame Apostolic Catechetical Institute in Arlington, Virginia.
Survivors include his mother, Helen Sirba, two brothers Rev. Joseph Sirba and John Sirba, and sister Catherine Kelly, AHA class of 1976.
The entire AHA administration, faculty, staff, board of trustees and alumni family mourn the great loss of Bishop Sirba and send our prayers to all those who grieve with our community.
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