Peter Vande Hey

Peter Vande HeyParish: St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Kaukauna

Birthday: February 8

Seminary: University of St. Thomas

Seminary Address:
2115 Summit Avenue #6071
St Paul MN 55105-1048

College II


Patron: St. Peter Canisius


What do you want on your pizza?

Tomato sauce, extra Mozzarella, pepperoni, black olive, red pepper, cheese-stuffed crust, and a pinch of Parmesan.

Tell us about a great experience that you had during the summer of 2017.

I biked to and from work this summer on a route that was roughly five miles long. Although I used to take the long-cut to work, (a noisy, chaotic, hilly path meandering close to a highway), this summer I started taking back roads. I zoomed past the quiet, residential neighborhoods and shaved off a few minutes of total traveling time by not waiting for traffic. At night, I reminded myself of God's ever-loving and guiding presence by praying Night Prayer on the way home. God is always with me -- even while biking in the black of night.

How would you describe the priesthood to a non-believer?

In a world that is becoming increasingly selfish, it is critical that people step forward to offer sacrifices. The priest, for thousands of years, has been a man from the community specifically chosen to offer sacrifices on behalf of his people. The sacrifice of the Mass today is much less bloody compared to the atonements for sin that priests offered in the Old Testament. However, the reminder of what our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, did for us is as important now as ever. Also, on account of all the selfishness in our world, there is much pain and suffering that needs healing. Priests administer the outward signs of grace that Jesus gave us to heal those who are hurting through the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. Priests, men of heroic virtue and sacrifice, are tangible signs of good in this world.

Divine Providence is God's active protection and guidance in our lives. How have you seen Providence in your life?

At my Baptism, God said, "You are mine," and placed an indelible mark on my soul, claiming me as His beloved son. On that day, I received my inheritance of being a priest, a prophet, and a king. God decided that I was His son and that He would look out for me in His Divine Providence. When I lose sight of my identity I sin. I long for something, anything, to fill the whole in my heart that was designed for nothing but God.

In a way eerily like Anakin Skywalker, I am a slow learner. I try to love God with my whole heart, mind, soul, and strength, but I fall short of the mark. I get my priorities screwed up, thinking that I know what's best for me, that I know what will make me happy, and that I know the best way to live. In the moments where I reject God and His endless love, my soul cries out for God's love, mercy, and grace -- and God, in His Providence -- has always been there for me gently nudging me toward His Sacred Heart from which endless mercy flows. Mercy is why we have the sacraments. Mercy is why we have priests.

Share an interesting fact about your middle school years.

In middle school, I loved categorizing my vast collection of trading cards. I would arrange them alphabetically by last name and team, or by career statistics by position. When I discovered Fantasy Sports, I started letting computer programs do all that for me.

What parish and diocesan movements have inspired you as a disciple?

Altar serving, Boy Scouts of America, Mark Hart's Teen Guide to the Bible series, Spiritus retreats and Ignite, Good Friday Food Fast, Teens Encounter Christ, Young Neighbors in Action, Colorado Leadership Retreat, and lectoring and cantoring at Mass.

Who are your teams?

Packers, Brewers, and Tommies.

What is your favorite day on the Liturgical Calendar?

June 29th, Ss. Peter and Paul.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?

St. Peter Canisius.