Te Deum Laudamus!
The Holy Father has named Fr Paul Sirba, 49, vicar-general of St Paul and Minneapolis, as bishop of Duluth, succeeding Archbishop Dennis Schnurr, who was named coadjutor of Cincinnati a year ago this month.
This is the 5th bishop I actually know! Fr. Sirba is one of the kindest, holiest priests I have ever known. He is friends with Bishop Christensen in the diocese right next door to his... what a pair. God bless them.
I will miss Fr. Sirba very much.
H/T to Ray for sending me the announcement after he found it on Whispers...
This is as good a time as any to mention that these guys were not at all ambitious for such honors - being named bishop was most likely never even on their radar screen. "He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has exalted the lowly!"
Prayers and best wishes for Bishop Sirba. Read more here.