Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Alumni Obituaries

Fr. Peter Hsu

Fr. Peter Hsu, 85, died at 8:08 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Herrin Hospital. 

He was born Dec. 15, 1931, in Jianyun, China to John and Mary (Mei) Hsu.

He studied for seven years at St. Meinard Seminary to become a priest. Father Peter Hsu was ordained June 9, 1957, in Techny, for the diocese of Naking, China.

His connection with the Belleville diocese began when he lived at the former St. Martin of Tours Parish in Washington Park while attending St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from St. Louis University with a Master’s Degree in Theology.

In 1978, unable to return to his own country, he was officially incardinated into the Belleville diocese.

Father Hsu’s ministry in the Belleville diocese included associate pastorates at Holy Rosary Parish in Fairmont City and St. Andrew’s in Murphysboro; hospital chaplaincies at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Murphysboro and the former St. Clement’s in Red Bud; parish administrator at the Sesser and Tamaroa parishes; and pastorates at St. Mary’s in Anna, St. Joseph’s in Prairie du Rocher, St. Aloysius in Royalton, and Sacred Heart in Zeigler.

He retired from active ministry in 1999. He was the pastor of the Royalton/Zeigler parish for 17 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and three sisters. 

Surviving relatives include his niece, Han Dong-Yu of China and his great-niece, Han Liu of China.