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Spies, 23, was born Nov. 26, 1993, at Columbus. His family lived in Laurel, before moving to Grand Island.
His family includes his parents, Michael and Dorene Spies of Grand Island and brothers, Levi, Dalton, and Jesse. They are members of Resurrection Church where he had been an altar server and was in charge of the young men’s choir in high school. While in high school, Spies participated in mission trips through Mission Hope and Young Neighbors in Action.
He graduated from Grand Island Central Catholic in 2012 and from Chadron State College with a bachelors of art in psychology in 2016.
Spies was inspired by mission work from a young age, spending time with religious orders and priests throughout his life, participating in youth activities at his parish and those provided by the diocese, and through religious experiences in college meeting other students and role models with strong faith in Christ. He is in his second year of formation as a pre-theology student at Conception Seminary at Conception, Mo.
He enjoys playing cards, fishing and is an avid movie watcher.
DEACON DANIEL GILBERT
Scottsbluff native Deacon Gilbert was ordained a deacon for the Diocese of Grand Island in 2015 after serving many years as a radiologic technologist.
He had been a deacon at St.Agnes Church in Scottsbluff as well as an extraordinary minister, lector and catechist.
Deacon Gilbert, 61, is attending St. Meinrad’s Seminary in St. Meinrad, Ind., where he is in his second year of philosophy.
He was born May 11, 1956, at Scottsbluff to Lucille and the late James Gilbert. His siblings include LeRoy, Michael, Karen, Kevin and LaDeen, and the late Keith.
He graduated from Gordon High School and received a Certificate I Radiologic Technology from West Nebraska General Hospital and a bachelor’s degree in radiation science from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He received a masters degree in adult education from Capella University.
He credits the support of his parish for his discernment to the priesthood.
“The diaconate was a vocation where I could honor the Lord for the opportunities he has provided for me. God has given me the opportunity to accomplish many different achievements in my life.”
Canfield was born in Hastings, Dec. 3, 1995, to Charlie and Susie Canfield. His family includes a sister, Megan, and brothers, Zachary and Mitchell.
He has been a member of St. Leo Parish in Grand Island where he was
an altar server for eight years and helped teach religious education as a junior and senior in high school. He also attended Young Neighbors in Action.
The 21-year-old graduated from Northwest High School in 2014, and attended Wayne State College from 2014 to 2015 and University of Nebraska-Kearney from 2015 to 2016 before attending seminary.
He is a College 3 (junior) studying philosophy at Conception Seminary.
Canfield said he was influenced to consider priesthood by many things including his family.
“My family has been one of the bigger impacts on always telling me that I would make a good priest,” he said. “Being involved with my parish has also led me on the path that I am currently on. Being an altar server made a big impact as well, mainly because I learned more about the Mass and why we do certain things at Mass.”
He enjoys golfing, watching Husker football, hanging out with friends, and is open to any outdoor activity. He is also an avid movie watcher.
“I have really enjoyed my time as a seminarian, and I am excited to continue the path that God is calling me to,” he said. “Please continue to pray for all of our seminarians.”
Crome, 18, was born July 16, 1999, at Aurora to Wayne and Leah Crome. His siblings include Emma, Madaline, Laura, Martin, Hugh, Mary, Genevieve and Lily. His home parish is Sacred Heart in Greeley where he was an altar server.
Crome, who was home schooled, is a freshman at Conception Seminary.
Crome said his parents played a part in his decision to consider the priesthood, as well as Father Josh Brown, pastor at St. Patrick’s in North Platte.
His hobbies include reading and woodworking.