Mon - Thurs: 8:00 - 5:15


(217) 698-8500


1615 W. Washington St., Springfield, IL 62702

About the Diocese

Presbyteral Council

The Presbyteral Council of our Diocese is, in effect, a senate of the bishop made up of representatives of the "presbyterate" or body of priests. The council provides the bishop with a forum for the exchange of ideas, consultation, and advice regarding the pastoral work of the Church in the Diocese. The Second Vatican Council mandated such councils to ensure the welfare of the people of God and to effectively communicate all issues pertaining to parish life.

The Diocese's priests elect about half of the members to the council. All priests serving the Diocese can vote in this election. In addition, some priests are members of the council by virtue of their office. The bishop names the remaining members to the council. The main focus in electing members is to reflect the diversity of ministries and regions of the Diocese.

Bishop Paprocki presides over the council and accepts proposals from members. The members serve as a consultative body to the bishop. By law, the Bishop must seek the advice of the council on the following issues: the advisability of a diocesan synod, the modification of parishes, offerings of the faithful, norms for parish councils, the construction of a church or conversion of a church to secular use, or the imposition of a diocesan tax.


Reverend Mariadas Chatla
Reverend Christopher Comerford
Reverend Michael Friedel
Reverend Thomas Hagstrom, Vice-Chair
Reverend William Jeffry Holtman
Reverend Robert Johnson
Reverend George Nellikunnel, S.A.C.
Reverend Scott A. Snider, Chair
Reverend John M. Titus
Reverend Mark W. Tracy


Monsignor Leo J. Enlow, V.F.
Very Reverend Jeffery A. Grant, V.F.
Very Reverend Jeffrey Goeckner, V.F.
Very Reverend Thomas Hagstrom, V.F.
Very Reverend Thomas C. Meyer, V.F
Very Reverend Joseph M. Molloy, V.F.
Very Reverend R. Dean Probst, V.F.

Ex officio

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, President
Reverend Monsignor David J. Hoefler, Vicar General
Reverend Christopher A. House, Chancellor, Secretary/Treasurer
Very Reverend Brian Alford, Vicar for Priests