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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joseph Paprocki  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Joseph Paprocki has been a life long Chicagoan.

Biographical and Professional Information

Joseph is currently a catachist at a parish in Evergreen Park, just outside of Chicago, as well as working for Loyola Press.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Jesus, Should I Follow You: Participant Book
ISBN: 0877935572

Ave Maria Pr. 1998

In the Beginning: Participant Book (Developing Faith)
ISBN: 0877935858

Ave Maria Pr. 1998

This book is written especially for Catholic-Christian teenagers growing up in a complex world full of opportunities and adventures, as well as problems and dangers. In the Beginning is part of a series entitled Developing Faith designed to help teens deepen their relationship with God, better understand their Christian responsibility to the Church and their family, and arrive at a more mature commitment to the Catholic faith. The particular volume of the series introduces the Bible to teens in an interesting and compelling way. The participant guide includes activities, margins for personal notes, and recommended prayers through a review of the Old and New Testaments.

Tools for Teaching: Classroom Tips for Catechists
ISBN: 089622726X

Twenty Third Pubns. 1997

Here is a do-it-yourself manual that offers step-by-step instructions for approaching a wide variety of catechetical challenges: planning lessons, handling discipline problems, using textbooks and teacher manuals, praying with your class, choosing appropriate student activities, and many more--a great companion for new catechists. .

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

Practice Makes Catholic: Moving from a Learned Faith to a Lived Faith (Toolbox Series)
ISBN: 0829433228

Loyola Press. 2011

Third Place, Resources for Ministry category
ACP Excellence in Publishing Awards, 2012

Third Place, Popular Presentation of the Catholic Faith category
Catholic Press Association book awards, 2012
“Paprocki’s book is…rich with information, wit, and wisdom and short on preachiness.”

It is said that practice makes perfect, but what else does practice make? If you ask Joe Paprocki, he’ll say that practice makes Catholic—that is, there are certain distinct practices that make us essentially Catholic. The problem is that many Catholics don’t understand—or at least misunderstand—why we engage in the many practices we do. In Practice Makes Catholic, Paprocki addresses the all-important “why” of many Catholic practices by articulating five key characteristics that form our Catholic identity: a sense of sacramentality, a commitment to community, a respect for the dignity of human life and commitment to justice, a reverence for Tradition, and a disposition to faith and hope rather than despair. Under each of these categories, he explores and explains multiple Catholic practices, then describes how following each one can make a profound difference in our faith and in our lives. Informative and inviting, Practice Makes Catholic is the perfect resource for RCIA candidates and their sponsors, for Catholics returning to the faith, and for all Catholics who want to get to the heart of what their faith is really about.

A Well-Built Faith: A Catholic's Guide to Knowing and Sharing What We Believe (Toolbox Series)
ISBN: 0829427570

Loyola Press. 2008

Nail down the facts, tear down the barriers!

The Catechism of the Catholic Church is over nine hundred pages long, so it comes as no surprise that many Catholics think of their faith as complex—and certainly too complex to share with others! A Well-Built Faith—cleverly developed around a construction theme—makes it easy and flat-out fun for any Catholic to know what they believe and to feel confident in sharing those beliefs with others.

The eighteen-chapter book—at times profound, at times humorous, always practical—follows the structure of the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Creed, Sacraments, Morality, and Prayer). Taking otherwise difficult topics about the Catholic faith and making them accessible and relevant to the lives of average Catholics, acclaimed author and teacher Joe Paprocki does so in a way that never compromises the rich depth of Catholic teaching and tradition.

From the Trinity to the seven sacraments, from the Ten Commandments to the Lord’s Prayer, A Well-Built Faith will help Catholics nail down the facts of the faith and tear down the barriers keeping them from sharing their beliefs with others.'

Also available in Spanish! Una Fe Bien Construida

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