Father Jack Costello, pastor of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Kirkwood and former pastor of St. Francis Borgia Parish in Washington, died early Sunday morning.
“We will all remember Father Jack’s joyful energy and this is how we all imagine him greeting St. Peter at the Pearly Gates,” St. Peter’s Catholic Church wrote on Facebook.
Costello had been battling cancer for a few years, according to a letter he wrote to the parish.
Prof. Mike Boehm, current pastor of St. Francis Borgia Parish, arrived in Washington in 2003 when Costello was still pastor there.
Boehm said he was “a great spiritual leader”.
“He gave very good homilies on Sundays that lead people in their faith and help them grow in their faith,” Boehm said. “He was a very compassionate man. So he took good care of sick people, looked after them and their needs. When someone lost a loved one, he was compassionate and kind to them and helped them to going through the grieving process.”
Costello had a huge impact on the Catholic community in Washington and Kirkwood. As pastor of St. Francis Borgia Parish, he spearheaded efforts to expand and renovate the Jesuit Hall. In 2016, he was recognized by the National Association of Catholic Education for his contribution to Catholic education with the “Lead. To learn. Proclaim. Award,” according to Missouri records.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been made. This story will be updated as more details become available.