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Thomas John Paprocki, American bishop, lawyer. Bar: Illinois 1981, United States District Court (northern district) Illinois 1981, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1994. Recipient Humanitarian award Polish American Congress, 1997, Alumni award for Outstanding Public Service, DePaul College of Law, 2001; named Man of Year, National Advisers, 1999.


Paprocki, Thomas John was born on August 5, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of John Henry and Veronica Mary (Bonat) Paprocki.


Bachelor, Loyola University, Chicago, 1974. Student Spanish language study, Middlebury College, 1976. Student Italian language study, Middlebury College, 1987.

Master of Divinity, St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, 1978. Student Spanish language study, Instituto Cuannahuac, 1978. Licentiate in Sacred Theology, St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, 1979.

Juris Doctor, DePaul University, 1981. Doctor of Canon Law, Gregorian University, Rome, 1991. Student Polish language study, Catholic University Lublin, Poland, 1989.

Student Polish language study, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland, 2000.


Ordained priest Archdiocese of Chicago, 1978. Associate pastor St. Michael Church, Chicago, 1978-1983. Executive director South Chicago Legal Clinic, 1981-1985.

Administrator St. Joseph Church, 1983-1986. Vice-chancellor Archdiocese of Chicago, 1985-1992, chancellor, 1992-2000. Pastor St. Constance Parish, 2001—2003.

Ordained bishop, 2003. Auxiliary bishop Archdiocese of Chicago, 2003—2010. Bishop Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, since 2010.

Board director South Chicago Legal Clinic. Adjunct faculty Loyola University School Law. Assistant to the General Secretary, Vatican Synod of Bishops, Special Assembly for American, Rome, 1997.

Board directors Catholic Conference Illinois, 1985-1987.


  • Bar: Illinois 1981, United States District Court (northern district) Illinois 1981, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1994.


  • Other Work

    • Member editorial advisory board Chicago Catholic Newspaper, 1984-1985. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Board directors United Neighborhood Organization, Chicago, 1982-1985, Southeast Community Youth Service Board, Chicago, 1985, Center for Neighborhood Technology, Chicago, 1986-1987, Chicago Area Foundation for Legal Services, 1994-2002. Active Chicago Community Trust Committee on Children, Youth and Families, 1991-2002, Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council, since 1994. Fellow Leadership Greater Chicago.

Member Illinois Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association (board managers 1999-2001, Maurice Weigle award 1985), Advisers Society (award of merit 1996), Catholic Lawyers Guild (Catholic Lawyer of Year award 2003), Canon Law Society of America, Polish American Leadership Initiative (board directors since 2001), Polish American Association (board directors since 1998), The Chicago Junior Association Commerce and Industry (Ten Outstanding Young Citizens award 1986), Union League Club of Chicago, Pi Sigma Alpha, DePaul University Alumni Association.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: hockey, running, reading.


John Henry Paprocki

Veronica Mary (Bonat) Paprocki