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Follow along as Busted Halo® correspondent Mark Irons & Paulist seminarian Jimmy Hsu, CSP, bring you reflections, videos, photos and more from the front lines of World Youth Day in Rio!

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July 9th, 2013

Called To Serve, Called To World Youth Day

 
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jimmy intro postPaulist seminarian (me) meets World Youth Day (HUGE, global, young adult Catholic gathering). What will happen? That’s anyone’s guess — even mine. I’ve been around the Church for a while, but I have to admit that I don’t know what to expect in a few weeks when I arrive in Rio to work with Mark Irons to bring Busted Halo® readers reports from World Youth Day.

I have never been to a World Youth Day. I haven’t even traveled outside of the United States that much. So for me, there is a lot of excitement and also a tiny bit of fear of all the unknowns that come with international travels.

I’m hoping this experience will strengthen my call to serve as an ordained priest in the Church. About a month after this trip, I will make my final profession, committing myself to life as a Paulist. In a way, I feel that World Youth Day will be preparation for my profession — giving me a final boost before making that commitment. I look forward to meeting other young Catholics who are excited about their faith and sharing our experiences of what it means to be Catholic in today’s world. And who knows — maybe I’ll get to meet the pope himself!

 
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The Author : Jimmy Hsu
Jimmy Hsu is a seminarian of the Paulist Fathers beginning his fourth year of graduate studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Jimmy is from Plano, Texas, and studied computer science at the University of Texas in Austin before deciding to enter the Paulist Fathers.
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  • Rebecca Kalous

    Have Fun!!! I just heard about WYD 1 week ago! I am so excited for you!

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