Hello! I am Casey Vandersnick from O’Neill. I was born in Omaha, Nebraska. I was three months early and weighed about a pound and a half. I had many surgeries in the next two years in Omaha and Atlanta, Georgia to keep me alive. My parents are John and Kathy Vandersnick. My home parish is St. Patrick’s. I do not have any siblings. I graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 2016. In my parish, I was an altar server, Eucharistic minister, and a lector. I was also on our high school’s youth group core team. While in high school I was in various play productions and ran cross country.
My faith has always been the biggest part of my life. I was blessed to have loving and caring priests in our school and parish to guide me. While in grade school I never thought of a vocation of either religious life or the priesthood. The thought of becoming a priest came to me when I was in school Mass in the eighth grade. As the bread was being transubstantiated into the body of Christ, I looked up to the crucifix and I thought: “I could do that.” Since then, the desire to attend seminary continued to grow. I have spent hours in our Adoration Chapel talking with Christ about it, and He has confirmed the call that I first heard in eighth grade.
As children of God, we must remember to trust Christ with all of our being and never be afraid to run to His Merciful Heart. If Christ calls you to a religious vocation, be not afraid. If you do not go, who will? Pray for the grace to know your vocation and for the strength, courage, and love to live out your vocation and God’s will for you every day.