Faith and fandom at Grand Blanc church

Father Joseph Krupp and Bishop-elect Jerry Vincke at Hope Family Catholic Church in Grand Blanc, Mich.

GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Changes are coming to Holy Family Catholic Church in Grand Blanc.

Bishop-elect Jerry Vincke has led his last mass and is preparing for his new role in Salina, Kansas. Taking his place is Father Joseph Krupp, or Father Joe.

"When it came time for who was going to take my place," Vincke said. "I was incredibly thrilled he was coming."

It's an understatement to say Vincke and Krupp are familiar with each other.

"We were baptized at the same church, had our first communion there," they both said, finishing each other's sentences. "Then we entered the program to become priests the same year - 1993."

"n fact, here's some trivia," Krupp interrupted. "My dad was his probation officer. I might have made that up."

The former roommates also share a love of sports, specifically baseball. However, there's one thing they can't agree on.

"I actually was a [Michigan] fan for a while... then I met Jesus," Krupp said. "I was chaplain for the team for [Mark] Dantonio's first six or seven years."

Vincke is an avid Wolverines fan, attending multiple basketball games after invites from John Beilein.

"I've gotten to know Beilein well," Vincke said.

The question now - will Krupp get the same invite from Beilein?

"Anybody who is a priest in the Catholic Church - I don't care what school they root for, I want to be on his team," Beilein said.

Rivalry aside, the two men are happy for one another.

"He was great at his job then and now I'm replacing him here. I've spent the last 4 days learning everything I can," Krupp said of Vincke. "He nailed it here, too."

"He's very intelligent, well-read, and he knows his theology," Vincke explained.

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