Year for Priests at 601 S. Jefferson Ave., Springfield, MO 65806 US - Rev. Simon Le Phuc Diem, CMC Ordained June 7, 2003
Rev. Simon Le Phuc Diem, CMC
Ordained June 7, 2003
Fr. Simon, one of six children, including his sister, Sr. Gwen, a member of the Congregation of Mary, Queen, recently moved to Immaculate Conception Parish in Springfield to serve as associate pastor after living with his order, the Congregation of the Mother Coredemptrix in Carthage for many years. Before answering the call to priesthood, Fr. Simon considered becoming a pharmacist.
When he has time off, he enjoys reading, fishing, calligraphy, and sports, especially basketball, tennis and soccer. He shared his musical talent by playing the guitar and organ for his community for 15 years.
The books that have meant the most to Fr. Simon are Reaching Out in Love: Stories Told by Mother Teresa, written Mother Teresa, and Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith by Fr. Henri J. M. Nouwen. His favorite movies are “The Wedding Singer,” The Waterboy” and “A Cinderella Story.”
Parish ministry is new to Fr. Simon, and he loves working at Immaculate Conception Church.