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