Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Bishop Thomas John Paprocki  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1952 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Website --
-- Bishop Thomas John Paprocki on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki is currently Bishop of the Springfield Diocese in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki is a native of Chicago's south side and presides over the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Illinois. Bishop Paprocki has been playing hockey since the 1960s, often practicing in the basement of his father's pharmacy store with his six brothers; he currently plays goalie in a masters' hockey league. Bishop Paprocki has played goalie in practices with the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League. He also runs marathons; his current total is eighteen. Among his many Church appointments, Bishop Paprocki is the episcopal advisor for Catholic Athletes for Christ

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Holy Goals for Body and Soul: Eight Steps to Connect Sports with God and Faith
ISBN: 1594713669

Ave Maria Press. 2013

Hockey-playing Catholic bishop Thomas J. Paprocki has a message for teens and young adults: athletics and fitness provide daily ways to connect with God. Bishop Paprocki weaves his unique personal story with eight athletic topics and connects them with a path to wholeness.

Holy Goals for Body and Soul links lessons from the world of sports and fitness--especially the experiences of a Catholic bishop who plays ice hockey--with concrete ways to live a holy life. In Bishop Paprocki's view, everyone is called to holiness, which can be encountered anywhere: "I encounter holiness while training for a marathon. I encounter holiness during a workout at the health club." He explores eight sports-related topics to help the reader navigate a life of holiness:

1. Fear
2. Frustration
3. Failure
4. Fortitude
5. Faith.
6. Friendship
7. Family
8. Fun

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (No)