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Fr. Simon Lefebvre, CSV

August 24, 2017

Fr. Simon Lefebvre, CSV, reached a rare distinction this week: He is the longest serving Viatorian in the

Fr. Simon Lefebvre as a young teacher in Taiwan, circa 1950s

Chicago Province and the oldest, having celebrated his birthday on Aug. 21 when he turned 90.

During his 71 years as a Viatorian, Fr. Lefebvre has advanced the Viatorian mission around the world. Barely two years after being ordained a priest, Fr. Lefebvre found himself heading to Taiwan as a missionary to serve at the new St. Viator High School in Taichung, founded by Viatorians, in 1956.

Fr. Lefebvre worked as a teacher and chaplain in Taiwan for 14 years, refining his language skills at the University of Hong Kong, before serving as a teacher at College Bourget in Riguad, Quebec.

Fr. Simon Lefebvre and Fr. Thomas von Behren, at the celebration of 70 years of religious life

He would go on to serve as director of religion and life at the University of Nevada-Reno, as professor of Chinese at the University of San Diego and ultimately the last 30 years of his pastoral ministry in California.

Retired and now living at the Viatorian Province Center in Arlington Heights, Fr. Lefebvre enjoys keeping up with former students who now are spread out around the world, and through his influence, they continue to spread the Viatorian charism.