Peter Vande Hey

Peter Vande HeyParish: St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Kaukauna

Birthday: February 8

Seminary: University of St. Thomas

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

College I


Patron: St. Ignatius of Loyola

Proclaim the Good News:
Behold, I have great things in store for you!

Tell us about a great experience that you had during the summer of 2016.
This summer, I traveled across the country with my whole family, all thirteen of us, to Pennsylvania for my cousin's wedding. On the way out we stayed with some family in Akron, OH. I played Frisbee golf daily with my dad, brothers, and cousins while we were there for the week. The wedding ceremony was beautiful, and it was great fun to catch up with some cousins I have not seen in years.

When did your commitment to the Catholic Faith grow deeper?
My commitment to the Faith slowly grew deeper and deeper over time through prayer, but a few moments in particular stand out. When I went on a Colorado Leadership Retreat two years ago, I heard Christ speak to me in a unique way from up on the Rocky Mountains. On the retreat they emphasized that God wants to transform me, not tweak nor slightly improve me for a while, but completely transform me into the man He wants me to be. That was the message I needed to hear badly. I made a commitment at that time to seek God's help to grow in purity of heart, mind, and body, so that I could be free to love. That promise was key in my commitment to the Faith.

Getting confirmed was monumental in my faith journey as well. I took the name Ignatius. Having supernatural grace flowing from the Holy Spirit into me has changed me more than anything else. Anytime life gets muddled, I can ask for a spirit of renewed clarity to continue on my journey in the Catholic Faith. My commitment to the Faith has grown tremendously over time thanks to the retreats I have been on and mostly due to the Sacraments.

Offer us a few words about one Gift of the Holy Spirit and how it has helped you.
I would say Wisdom is the gift that has benefited me the most in the relatively short time I have been confirmed. Teenaged boys are not exactly known for exuding wisdom, but thanks to the Holy Spirit I have been able to make a few good judgment calls. One of the blessings in my life has been this insight from the Spirit: Whenever I am reluctant to do something, I ask myself: "Is it because I am too lazy, too scared, or legitimately too exhausted?" If I am too lazy, I give myself a little kick in the seat, buckle down, and follow through with the activity. If I am scared, I take it to prayer, ask Jesus to walk with me through my fear, and carry on. I give God the credit for helping me to discern where I am in life and where I need to go.

Share an interesting fact about your high school years.
I was first chair viola at the public high school for all four years of high school.

Other than prayer, what is your fuel?
I have made a few playlists of music that help motivate me on cloudy days and/or Thursday mornings.

As a priest, God willing, where would you most like to celebrate the Holy Mass?
The prospect of celebrating Mass at the Marian apparition site, the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, excites me.

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?
People that want to pray for me should ask for the intercession of St. Ignatius of Loyola. I took his name as my Confirmation name mostly because he was a soldier for Christ and that is what I am called to be too.