A man of sharp intelligence, deep sensitivity and empathy, Rev. Robert Costello, S.J. '47 will be remembered in a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, March 2, at St. Francis Xavier College Church in St. Louis. Visitation will run from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. with the funeral Mass at 7:00. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.
Following is a letter from SLUH President David Laughlin regarding the passing of Rev. Robert Costello, S.J. '47.
Dear SLUH Community,
I am saddened to inform you former SLUH President Fr. Robert T. Costello, S.J. '47 was called to eternal life last night, Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at the Fusz Pavilion in St. Louis after a brief illness. He was 87 years old, a Jesuit for 65 years and a priest for 53 years.
Fr. Costello, who served as Provincial from 1985-91, led the SLUH community as President from 1992-97. Deeply involved in Christian Life Communities, Fr. Costello's depth of purpose in matters of faith was always clear. He touched the lives of so many in the different ministries in which he was involved, including his service at SLUH, as well as with his brother Jesuits as their Provincial.
Known for his upbeat spirit and humor, and always being accessible, Fr. Costello worked diligently with students, parents and alumni. He once said, "Some of my greatest experiences as president have come on Kairos retreats."
As President at SLUH, Fr. Costello spearheaded the 'Upholding the Tradition' campaign, which revitalized the school's campus by installing our new performance theater as well as central cooling throughout the building. Those who knew Fr. Costello can attest his contributions of love, sacrifice and spirit will outlast those of preparing SLUH's campus for the 21st century. We are deeply grateful for all Fr. Costello did to lead, shape and form our school and graduates in the tradition of St. Ignatius.
St. Louis U. High now has another advocate in Heaven in Fr. Costello. May we all emulate his humility and deep spirituality as we continue our journey in life, a journey so many were privileged to have Fr. Costello accompany them along their way.
Please remember Fr. Costello in your prayers.