“Future Father” becomes present Paulist: Profile of Father Jimmy Hsu, C.S.P.

Jimmy Hsu met the Paulist priests on his college campus, the University of Texas in Austin, where they ministered. At the time, he was struggling to figure out if his path led to priesthood or a religious community. He began to take vocation discernment seriously, embraced his sense that God was calling him to be a Paulist, and today he is “Father Jimmy,” associate pastor at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Los Angeles.

Father Jimmy Hsu, C.S.P.

Growing up, did you think you might become a priest?

My family has always been in science, engineering, and education. I thought I might end up doing the same, even though those fields didn’t excite me. I drifted through until the idea of priesthood came to me.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

I entered college when I was 15 and graduated when I was 19. I studied computer science but switched to philosophy when I began to think about the priesthood.

Any nicknames?

In CCD some friends called me “Future Father Hsu” because I knew the answers to all the questions in class and even did some outside reading.

Best ministry experiences to date?

Going on a camp-out weekend with all the parish school families and celebrating the Mass with such a large and energetic group.

What do you do for fun?

I love movies, binge-watching Netflix, and exploring new food.

Best part of living in community?

Whenever I step into a Paulist house, I feel at home even if I’ve never been there. It is also great living with senior members of the community who I can learn from.

Any words of wisdom for those considering religious life?

Don’t be afraid of the unknown. Let it challenge you to grow as a better disciple of Jesus.




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