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Work in Progress: Two Catholic priests reflect on how the job has changed

Father Jim Houbeck and Father Ed Prus
Lindsey Scullen
Michigan Radio
Father Jim Houbeck and Father Ed Prus sat down together to talk about their lives as Catholic priests

Taking that first step down a career path can be daunting, like stepping into a world completely unknown. On the flip side, if you’ve been walking that road a long time, chances are you’ve learned a thing or two.

Father Jim Houbeck, a newly ordained Catholic priest, sat down with Father Ed Prus, who has recently retired, to discuss their lives in this vocation. Their conversation is part of Stateside's Work in Progress series, where we bring together two people to talk about what it's like to be at opposite ends of the same career path. 

"It's been a quick learning curve," Houbeck said about the work he's had after his ordination, but he added that the first few months were "incredible."

When Houbrek asked what advice Prus had for him as he began his life as a priest, Prus told him to "love the people."

"People are really marvelous, and there's so much goodness in them. And we're like the treasure finders for God," Prus added. 

Listen above to hear the advice that the fathers shared with each other, how the life of a priest has changed in the last 50 years, and what it was like to make a lifelong commitment to the priesthood.

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