Bishop Paprocki Completes 22nd Marathon in Philadephia

Posted on November 21, 2016

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki ran his 22nd marathon on Nov. 20 by completing the Philadelphia Marathon (26.2 mi).  “That makes 22 marathons in 22 years for me,” said Bishop Paprocki.

This year Bishop Paprocki was running for Catholic Charities Legal Services of Springfield (CCLS).  Marathon supporters have contributed more than $12,000 for the Lex Cordis Endowment Fund that helps support CCLS.  The ministry began in 2013 assisting people in the Springfield diocese with little to no income in obtaining pro bono legal services from a panel of local, volunteer attorneys. CCLS, which was spearheaded by Bishop Paprocki, believes that regardless of a person's ability to pay, everyone has the right to competent legal counsel.

Despite temperatures in the 40’s at the start of the marathon and winds gusting up to 24 mph, Bishop Paprocki finished the marathon in 4:30:00, beating last year’s 4:49:49 in the Springfield Marathon. “I am grateful for everyone's prayers and support," Bishop Paprocki said.

Another $9,500 was raised for Chicago Legal Clinic (CLC) endowment fund. Since 1981, the CLC has evolved from a small neighborhood office to a keystone provider of legal counseling and high quality representation at low cost or pro bono and free educational seminars on legal topics. Through CLC efforts, hundreds of clients have received legal protection from domestic violence, had their immigration status formalized, adopted children and been rescued from foreclosure.  Bishop Paprocki held a key role in establishing the CLC.

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