Patrick Costello

Patrick Costello


Parish: St. Margaret Mary Parish, Neenah

Birth Date: April 15

Seminary: Pontifical North American College

Seminary Address:
00120 Vatican City, V
Vatican City State, Europe

Theology I


Patron: St. Mary Magdalene

Address for Mailing Cards:
220 S. Michigan Street
De Pere WI 54115-2794


What do you want on your pizza?

Hawaiian, mushroom, or pepperoni toppings, with ranch dip on the side.

Tell us about a great experience that you had during the summer of 2017.

This summer I went with my brother, sister, and my six cousins on our dad's side to visit relatives who still live on the family farm in County Meath, Ireland. We also visited my grandma's second cousin, a religious priest who served many years as a missionary in Africa. He gave us his priestly blessing as we departed, a beautiful moment. Along the way we prayed at holy places of St. Patrick (Hill of Slane, Croagh Patrick) and the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock. We thank the Lord for all the generations who have handed on our Catholic faith.

How would you describe the priesthood to a non-believer?

St. John Vianney once described the priesthood as "The love of the heart of Jesus." If I had some time to describe the priesthood to a non-believer, I think this quote is a great start. First, we would have to define our terms. What is love? We know that the word "love" in English can be confusing. After all, we use the same word to say "I love ice cream" and "I love my brother" -- so what do we really mean by love? If we considered examples of true love, we would probably arrive at a definition for love like that of St. Thomas Aquinas: To love is to will the good of the other. Then, we would move on to "heart," a term we naturally feel represents what is closest and most dear to us. With this human connection established, now we would discuss the final term, the most holy name of Jesus. We would come to see how Jesus, as God, left us His "love of the heart" in the ministry of His priests.

Divine Providence is God's active protection and guidance in our lives. How have you seen Providence in your life?

In college I had a great Catholic buddy in my discipleship group who used to say "Provi!" every time something happened that he thought was a blessing or a coincidence that was directed from above; a "God-incidence." He would say "Provi!" anytime and place, whether we were going for a jog, at choir practice, or just passing by on the way to class. It may have been a bit goofy, but I came to really appreciate how he gave credit where credit was due. He knew God was not some vague idea or impersonal force, but a loving Father who provides in even the smallest of daily occurrences. This helped open my eyes to see just a few of the thousands of different ways He reaches out and cares for us each and every day.

Looking back on my life, Providence has been there in so many of the ordinary and extraordinary moments. The ordinary moments have often been simple and even humorous, like waking up to a snow day after accidentally falling asleep before finishing my homework. One extraordinary moment always sticks out: The time in high school I was with four friends on Highway 41 when we spun out in the left lane, missed the concrete median, crossed all three lanes, and stopped inches before the ditch, hitting no cars in the process. Recently a special moment of Providence was at the very end of my sister's wedding reception when a magnificent double rainbow appeared in the sky.

Share an interesting fact about your middle school years.

In 8th grade I played the role of Lazar Wolf in The Fiddler on the Roof at our school's annual play. I had to wear a fake beard, which was glued on with an awful chemical substance and had to be tediously removed with a solvent after each performance.

What parish and diocesan movements have inspired you as a disciple?

Altar serving, singing in parish youth choir, Steppin' Right with Jesus, CCD as a student and teacher, praying the Rosary, Mt. Tabor Center, Father Carr's Place 2B, perpetual adoration chapel at St. Margaret Mary, Sunday evening youth Mass at St. Margaret Mary, NET retreats (National Evangelization Team), 40 Days for Life, Knights of Columbus, World Youth Day, FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students), Nightfever Chicago.

Who are your teams?

The Green Bay Packers, the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Navy Midshipmen.

What is your favorite day on the Liturgical Calendar?

Easter (especially the Easter Vigil Mass).

Which saint should people ask to intercede for your vocation?

St. Mary Magdalene.