Date and Place of Birth: August 5, 1952; Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Academic Background (Degree; date of Graduation)
St. Casimir School (Cermak Rd. & Albany Ave.) (June, 1966)
Quigley Preparatory Seminary South, Chicago (May, 1970)
Niles College of Loyola University, Chicago (B.A.; May, 1974)
St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois (S.T.B., 1976; M.Div., 1978; S.T.L., 1979)
DePaul University College of Law, Chicago (J.D., June, 1981)
Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome (J.C.L., June, 1989)
Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome (J.C.D., March, 1991)
Date and Place of Priesthood Ordination: May 10, 1978, Mundelein, Illinois.
Date and Place of Episcopal Ordination: March 19, 2003, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago.
Associate Pastor, St. Michael Church, Chicago (1978-83)
Administrator, St. Joseph Parish, Chicago (1983-86)
President, (South) Chicago Legal Clinic (1981-86; 1991- )
Vice-Chancellor, Archdiocese of Chicago (1985-92)
Chancellor, Archdiocese of Chicago (1992-2000)
Pastor, St. Constance Parish, Chicago (2001-2003)
Episcopal Vicar, Vicariate IV; Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago (2003-2010)
Adjunct Professor of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law (1999- )
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1978. After ordination, he studied law at DePaul University College of Law and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1981. Working as a parish priest at St. Michael Church in South Chicago, a neighborhood with high unemployment due to shutdowns of the local steel mills, Fr. Paprocki co-founded the South Chicago Legal Clinic to help answer the need for legal services for the poor. He still serves in a volunteer capacity as President of the organization, which is now known as the Chicago Legal Clinic.
In November, 1985, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin appointed Fr. Paprocki Vice-Chancellor to assist in the administration of the Archdiocese of Chicago. To further prepare for handling these responsibilities, in 1987 the Cardinal sent Fr. Paprocki to do post-graduate studies in canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He completed his doctoral degree in 1991. Father Paprocki then returned to his previous position in Chicago as Vice-Chancellor and was appointed Chancellor in March, 1992. Francis Cardinal George retained Father Paprocki in his position as Chancellor when Cardinal George became the Archbishop of Chicago in 1997, following Cardinal Bernardin’s death in 1996.
Concluding his service as Chancellor after two terms in office in June, 2000, Father Paprocki spent six weeks studying Polish language and culture at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. In January 2001, he was appointed Pastor of St. Constance Parish, serving primarily a large immigrant community from Poland on the northwest side of Chicago. Pope John Paul II appointed him to serve as Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago on January 24, 2003. Cardinal George named him Liaison for Health and Hospital Affairs in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Bishop Paprocki was elected Vice-President of the Illinois Catholic Health Association. In January 2008, Bishop Paprocki was elected Vice-Chairman of the John Paul II Foundation in Rome. Bishop Paprocki is Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He is a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance as well as the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty. In addition to English, he speaks Polish, Spanish and Italian, and he reads Latin. On June 22, 2010, Bishop Paprocki was installed the ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.
Bishop Paprocki's hobbies are reading, running and playing hockey. He has run eighteen marathons: Chicago (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002 and 2005), Columbus, Ohio (1998), Boston (1998), Rome (2000) Athens (2000), Washington, D.C. (2004 & 2007), Dayton, Ohio (2006), Dublin, Ireland (2008), Minneapolis-St. Paul (2009), Denver (2010) and Kansas City (2011), in the process raising over $330,000 for charity.