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Most Rev. Thomas John Paprocki
Title: Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois
Most Rev. Thomas John Paprocki is the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in the Capital of Illinois. He formerly served as the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Chicago and an advisor on canon law to the Archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Francis George. After being ordained a priest, he obtained a law degree from DePaulUniversity and was admitted to the bar. He co-founded the South Chicago Legal Clinic to help answer the need for legal services for the poor, and he still serves in a volunteer capacity as the President of that organization (which has been re-named the Chicago Legal Clinic). Fr. Paprocki was the recipient of the Chicago Bar Foundation's Weigle Award in 1985 for recognition of his outstanding service to the legal profession. He received an award from Loyola at its annual Public Interest Convocation in 1992 for his pro bono activities. He was named the 2003 Catholic Lawyer of the Year by the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago. He served as Pastor of St. Constance Parish in Chicago before being ordained a bishop in 2003. Bishop Paprocki is a member (and past Chairman) of the Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and is the Episcopal Moderator of the National Catholic Development Conference and the Bishops Plan Insurance Company. He also serves as Vice-President of the Illinois Catholic Health Association and Vice-Chairman of the John Paul II Foundation in Rome.
1615 W. Washington St.
Springfield, IL 62702-4757
B.A., NilesCollege of Loyola Chicago, 1974
S.T.B., St. Mary of the LakeSeminary, 1976
M.Div., St. Mary of the LakeSeminary, 1978
S.T.L., St. Mary of the LakeSeminary , 1979
J.D., DePaulUniversityCollege of Law, 1981
J.C.L., PontificalGregorianUniversity (Rome), 1989
J.C.D., PontificalGregorianUniversity (Rome), 1991
M.B.A. (Cand.) University of Notre Dame, 2013
Canon Law and Ecclesiastical Administration