Saint John Vianney Seminary
Hello! My name is Casey LaMotte, and I’m blessed to call Saint Robert Bellarmine my home parish. I am the oldest of two children, and I’ve lived in the same house in Omaha my whole life. I attended Mary Our Queen grade school, then went to Skutt Catholic High School. At Skutt, I was active in Choir, Band, and Guardians, an all-male prayer group. Through all three of these activities, the Lord surrounded me with amazing people when I didn’t even realize it. When He made his presence and love known to me, I had a perfect group around me to help cultivate my new fire for the faith, and that fire illuminated a desire for something more, and I felt a call to the Priesthood.
I discerned that I needed more time to allow the Lord to define the call he was giving to me, so I attend the University of Nebraska Lincoln, joined Phi Kappa Theta, an amazing Catholic fraternity there, and was active at the Newman Center. I loved the community and spent time altar serving, adoring Christ in the Eucharist, or even just having conversations in the lobby, I even became a Janitor there! Through my Fraternity, I was shown authentic Catholic masculinity and had such an amazing group of men who were all walking toward God together, supporting each other along the way. The priests and students at the Newman Center helped me learn how I am viewed by God, as His beloved son, and that he created me the way I am with a perfect plan in mind for me. Toward the end of my year, God made his plan for me clear, that I was ready to discern a priestly vocation in Seminary.
I will be attending Saint John Vianney College Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I’m really excited to live in community with my brother seminarians and to discern God’s plan for our lives together.
To any man discerning the priesthood, focus less on yourself and more on God. There is a common saying: “God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called”, and it is absolutely true. Do not focus too heavily on your weaknesses, open those areas of your heart up to Him, and He will flood you with His grace! He sees and loves you as you are, but also knows exactly how to lead you to the person he created you to be, and in that journey, He may call you to discern a religious vocation. Trust Him and enter into it!
Thank you all for your prayers for all Seminarians, I know that I have benefitted from them, and I’m so thankful for all the ways that the Lord is present in the Archdiocese of Omaha!