Barely two years after being ordained a priest, Fr. Simon Lefebvre, CSV, found himself heading to Taiwan as a missionary to serve at the new St. Viator High School in Taichung, founded by Viatorians, in 1956.
Viatorian missions in Japan and Taiwan started during the 1950s, were a response to a plea nearly 30 years earlier by Pope Pius XI, who had asked the Viatorian Community to help spread the gospel in foreign lands.
For his 88th birthday this month, his former students now living in the United States joined him for a celebration. They included graduates from the classes of 1968, 1970 and 1971.
Fr. Lefebvre’s missionary spirit has served him well during his nearly 70 years as a Viatorian and nearly 60 as a priest.
During his years of religious life, he has taught at Viatorian schools in Quebec, Las Vegas, back in Taiwan and as a professor of Chinese at the University of San Diego, all before entering pastoral ministry at various parishes in the San Diego area.
His openness to serve — and ability to adapt to a new culture and language — has kept him young. Happy birthday, Fr. Si!
Birthday photos courtesy of Patrick Huang, ’71, former student of Fr. Lefebvre