Last week, Archbishop Dennis Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati, who previously served the Diocese of Duluth, sent his condolences to the faithful of the Duluth Diocese:
December 2, 2019
Dear Friends in the Diocese of Duluth,
It is with great sadness that I write to assure you of my heartfelt sympathy and prayers following the sudden death of your beloved shepherd, Bishop Paul Sirba.
Like myself, all of you know Bishop Sirba as a faithful servant, a clear teacher of the faith, and a courageous leader during a difficult period in the history of the diocese. On a personal level, I will always remember Bishop Sirba’s warmth and graciousness whenever we had the chance to interact.
Death can be especially difficult to deal with when it is sudden and unexpected, which it certainly was in this instance, claiming a man so young and full of life. As Catholics, we take consolation in our firm belief that life is changed, not ended. I will be celebrating Mass asking our Lord to grant Bishop Sirba eternal rest and each of you His comfort and hope.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr
Archbishop of Cincinnati