Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Part-time Faculty N-Z

Most Rev. Thomas John Paprocki

Title/s: Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois

E-mail: tpaprocki@luc.edu

External Webpage: http://www.dio.org/bishop/home.html


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, first the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin and then Cardinal Francis George. After being ordained a priest, he obtained a law degree from DePaul University and was admitted to the bar. He co-founded the Chicago Legal Clinic to help answer the need for legal services for the poor. 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.

1615 W. Washington St.
Springfield, IL 62702-4757
Tel. 217-698-8500
Fax 217-698-0802


B.A., Niles College of Loyola Chicago, 1974
S.T.B., St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, 1976
M.Div., St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, 1978
S.T.L., St. Mary of the Lake Seminary , 1979
J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 1981
J.C.L., Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome), 1989
J.C.D., Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome), 1991
M.B.A., University of Notre Dame, 2013

Courses Taught

Canon Law for Civil Lawyers ­– Law 458

Canon Law and Ecclesiastical Administration – Law 574