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
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.
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.
experiences to date?
Going on a camp-out weekend
with all the parish school
families and celebrating the
Mass with such a large and
What do you
do for fun?
I love movies, binge-watching
Netflix, and exploring new food.
Best part of living
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
Don’t be afraid of the unknown.
Let it challenge you to grow as a
better disciple of Jesus.
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.
PHOTO BY JOHN RUEDA