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: Eight Steps to Connect Sports with God and Faith links lessons from the world of sports and fitnessespecially the experiences of a Catholic bishop who plays ice hockeywith concrete ways to live a holy life. In Bishop Paprockis 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: Fear Frustration Failure Fortitude Faith Friendship Family Fun
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki is a native of Chicagos 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 fathers 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.
Joe Paprocki, younger brother of Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, has been active in pastoral ministry for over thirty years. He is the best-selling author of many resources for professional and volunteer catechists, including The Catechist's Toolbox.
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