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Bishop Thomas Paprocki - People of Faith

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki has spent a lifetime of service to the Catholic Church, culminating in his appointment in 2010 as the Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Since his ordination in 1978, he has served in a variety of demanding positions, including as Vice-Chancellor and then Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Along the way he also earned a law degree from DePaul University in 1981, and in Canon Law from Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome a decade later. Bishop Paprocki speaks several languages, including Polish, Spanish, and Latin.

Interview Links

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Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Family history in Poland and the U.S., and early life in Chicago

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Catholic schools, ordination, law school and first parish

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

Overseas assignments, further education and years in Chicago

Interview Session 04 (Audio)

Photos

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John and Veronica Paprocki holding Thomas John Paprocki, 19 days old, on August 24, 1952 at the Paprocki family home on Cermak Road in Chicago.

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Chicago, Illinois

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August 24, 1952

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Thomas Paprocki’s parents ran Paprocki Pharmacy at 3001 West Cermak Road in Chicago, where Thomas and his siblings sometimes worked. The Paprocki family lived in the apartment on the second floor above the pharmacy.

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Chicago, Illinois

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Unknown

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The Paprocki apartment building at 3001 W. Cermak Road in Chicago. The family pharmacy was on the first floor, and the family, consisting of the parents and nine children, lived in an eleven-room apartment above the store.

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Chicago, Illinois

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Unknown

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Tommy Paprocki was “playing mass” at age eight or nine along with his older brother Jim at the family’s Chicago home.

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Chicago, Illinois

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Unknown

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A Chicago Tribune reporter caught ten-month-old Thomas napping at a baby alumni picnic for the Women’s Auxiliary of St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital at Altenheim Park, Forest Park, Illinois in 1953.

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Forest Park, Illinois

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1953

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Ramona, James and Thomas Paprocki were saying their prayers before going to bed in the family’s Chicago home on Cermak Road circa 1955.

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Chicago, Illinois

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1955

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The Paprocki family in the late 1960s. 1st row-Joseph, Ronald, Veronica with Anne Marie and Allen on her lap, John and Leo. 2nd row-Edward, Thomas, John H., Ramona and James.

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Chicago, Illinois

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Late 1960s

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Tommy was eleven or twelve when he was ‘playing mass’ with his brothers and neighborhood friends, circa 1964.

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Chicago, Illinois

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Circa 1964

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Thomas Paprocki’s grade school graduation photo. He was attending St. Casimir Grade School on Cermak Road and Albany Avenue in Chicago in June 1966.

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Chicago, Illinois

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June 1966

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Thomas earned his high school degree from Quigley Preparatory Seminary South, in Chicago in May 1970.

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Chicago, Illinois

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May 1970

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The Paprocki family gathered for this photo in December 1971. Thomas is second from the left in the top row.

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Chicago, Illinois

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December 1971

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Thomas graduated from Niles College of Loyola University in May 1974. He’s pictured with his parents, John and Veronica Paprocki.

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Loyola University

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May 1974

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Thomas studied Spanish at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont during the summer of 1976.

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Middlebury, Vermont

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1976

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Thomas took his Clinical Pastoral Education at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas in late 1976. The photo was taken at the Jesuit College Preparatory High School in Dallas, where Thomas lived.

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Dallas, Texas

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1976

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Thomas helped out at the family’s Chicago business, Paprocki Pharmacy, during Christmas of 1976.

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Chicago, Illinois

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1976

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Paprocki’s first wedding as a Deacon was for his brother James and his wife Candace, at St. Casimir Church, Chicago on May 21, 1977.

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Chicago, Illinois

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May 21, 1977

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Paprocki’s first Blessing as a Priest was for his parents, John and Veronica, at the Mundelein Seminary May 10, 1978.

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Mundelein, Illinois

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May 10, 1978

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Newly ordained Father Thomas Paprocki giving his first blessing to his parents, John and Veronica on May 10, 1978 at Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois.

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Mundelein, Illinois

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May 10, 1978

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The wedding of David and Catherine Bertz was held at St. James in Arlington Heights, Illinois on June 2, 1979.

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Arlington Heights, Illinois

When:

June 2, 1979

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This photo was taken when Father Paprocki wore glasses and had a mustache in September 1979. He served at St. Michael Church in Chicago at the time.

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Chicago, Illinois

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September 1979

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Father Paprocki presided over the baptism of Efren Molina's niece in 1979. He served at St. Michael Church in Chicago at the time.

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Chicago, Illinois

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1979

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Father Paprocki graduated from DePaul University College of Law on June 13, 1981. Present for the occasion were his parents, John and Veronica Paprocki.

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DePaul University

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June 13, 1981

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Father Paprocki founded the South Chicago Legal Clinic with Ed Grossman and Sister Bernardine Karge in November 1981.

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Chicago, Illinois

When:

November 1981

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Cardinal Joseph Bernadin, mother Veronica, his brother John H. Paprocki, Jr. and father Thomas Paprocki at the South Chicago Legal Clinic banquet at the Bismarck Hotel in May 1984.

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Chicago, Illinois

When:

May 1984

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Bishop Paprocki’s parents Thomas and Veronica Paprocki celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on September 11, 1988 by meeting Pope John Paul II at Castel Gandolfo, the papal residence outside of Rome, Italy, with Father Paprocki making the introduction.

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Italy

When:

September 11, 1988

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Thomas defended his doctoral dissertation in canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy on February 1, 1991.

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Rome, Italy

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February 1, 1991

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Thomas ran his first marathon, the Chicago Marathon in 1995, along with his youngest brother Allen, pictured at left.

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Chicago, Illinois

When:

1995

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Father Paprocki baptized his nephew, Edward Ashe, Jr. on May 12, 1996.

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Unknown

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May 12, 1996

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Pope John Paul II met with Bishop Paprocki and Cardinal Francis George at the Vatican in 1997. Pope John Paul appointed Paprocki as the Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield in 2010.

Where:

Rome, Italy

When:

1997

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Thomas competed in the Boston Marathon in April 1998.

Where:

Boston

When:

April 1998

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Bishop Paprocki celebrated his first Mass as Bishop at St. Constance Church in Chicago in March 2003.

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Chicago, Illinois

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March 2003

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Father Paprocki was touted as the “Holy Goalie” in the U.S.A. Hockey magazine in 2005.

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Unknown

When:

2005

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Thomas got to practice his goalie skills with the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center in Chicago on January 12, 2006.

Where:

Chicago, Illinois

When:

January 12, 2006

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Thomas met with coach Tom Kleeman, formerly the wrestling coach at his alma mater, Quigley Preparatory School, in October 2014.

Where:

Chicago, Illinois

When:

October 2014.

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Bishop Paprocki with his interviewer, Ed Schoenbaum in 2018 in Springfield.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

2018

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