Sunday, 12 September 2010 10:02

Pledges still welcome for Bishop Paprocki’s marathon effort

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So far, supporters from the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and beyond have either pledged or donated just over $5,200 to support Bishop Thomas John Paprocki as he trains to run a marathon to raise money to help pay off the debt of the Cathedral renovation.

In late August, Bishop Paprocki announced that he is registered to run the 26.2 mile Denver Marathon on Oct. 17 — the 17th marathon he has run since 1995. The amount needed to retire the Cathedral debt is $2.07 million. 

“As of today (Tuesday, Sept. 7) we have had pledges totaling $4,611.94 from 31 people,” said Heather McMillen, associate director of the Annual Catholic Services Appeal.

Michael Hoerner, webmaster for the Springfield diocese, says six people have made on-line pledges totaling $602.60. “One of those pledges came from Seattle and another came from the great state of Ohio,” Hoerner said.

People who want to either pledge or donate to help Bishop Paprocki raise money for his marathon can fill out and return the form on the bottom of this page or contribute on-line at