By STEVE EIGHINGER
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Roch Schulte is hoping the Dec. 8 Fathers in Faith and Family Western Illinois Catholic Men's Prayer Breakfast is the first of many.
"Our goal is to see it grow in the years to come," Schulte said. "We want to make it a yearly thing."
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield will be the keynote speaker at the breakfast, which will be held Father McGivney Hall on the Knights of Columbus campus, 700 S. 36th.
Paprocki will celebrate Mass at 8 a.m. that day, which will be followed by the breakfast and a program designed specifically for men.
"These types of breakfasts have become popular in St. Louis and Alton, and we thought it would be a good idea for our area," Schulte said.
The event is open to Catholic men across West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri. Tickets are $15 a person.
Other churches and denominations in the area have incorporated regular men's breakfast groups into their schedules. Many of the men's groups formed in this fashion have evolved into outreach ministries that assist with community-oreinted projects to assisent elderly members of their churches and others in need.
"We would like to see 150 to 200 men at the first breakfast," said Schulte, a member of St. Francis Solanus Parish in Quincy.
Schulte said Paprocki's participation in the inaugural breakfast could boost interest. The bishop is expected to talk about responsibilities of men in the role of a family.
Paprocki was named bishop in April 2010, succeeding George Lucas, who was named archbishop of the Omaha Archdiocese in June 2009.
Paprocki was ordained in 1978 and then served as associate pastor at St. Michael's Church in Chicago until 1983. In 1981, he earned his doctorate from DePaul University College of Law and founded the Chicago Legal Clinic to assist the working poor and disadvantaged.
Paprocki served as administrator of St. Joseph Church in Chicago from 1983 to 1986 and as vice chancellor of the Archdiocese of Chicago from 1985 to 1987. He then furthered his studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he obtained a licentiate in canon law (1989) and doctorate in canon law (1991). Upon his return to the United States, he was named chancellor of the Chicago Archdiocese in 1992 and pastor of St. Constance Church in 2000.
In January 2003, Paprocki was appointed auxiliary bishop of Chicago and titular bishop of Vulturaria by Pope John Paul II.
For more information about the breakfast, call Schulte at (217) 242-4748 or Matt Schulte at (217) 779-9463.