Bishop finishes 21st marathon, raises money for legal help

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield is a reverend on the run. Paprocki completed his 21st marathon in 21 years on Sunday. The cleric finished the 26.2-mile Springfield Marathon in 4:49:49. He asked supporters to donate “money for justice.” More than $10,000 was collected for the Lex Cordis Endowment Fund. It helps Catholic Charities Legal Services of Springfield in assisting low-income members of the Springfield diocese obtain pro bono legal services. Local attorneys volunteer their services to the clients. Paprocki got the program started. He says everyone deserves competent legal representation regardless of ability to pay. Another $10,000 was raised for Chicago Legal Clinic endowment fund, which Paprocki helped establish. It has helped hundreds get with problems from domestic violence to immigration status.