Sister Pat Costello


Sister Pat Costello died peacefully on April 9 at St. Catherine’s Convent and Healthcare Center. During her short final illness, she was surrounded by her Dominican Sisters, among whom she had served for fifty-seven years. Sister Pat grew up in Hoboken and attended St. Dominic Academy in Jersey City where she first met the Caldwell Dominicans.  With a bachelor’s degree in history and education and an M.A. in counselling, she was well prepared for her teaching ministry. After several years in the elementary schools of St. Michael’s in Union, Our Lady of Peace in New Providence and Holy Spirit in Asbury Park, she moved into secondary education, which became her specialization. Her experience at the secondary level included St. Mary’s High School in Rutherford, where she served as guidance counsellor and at Lacordaire  Academy in Upper Montclair and the Academy of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, in both of which schools she held the office of principal.  In these leadership roles she extended not only creative education but quiet assistance in counselling both students and parents, enabling many to find financial assistance to manage costs.

In the midst of such professional demands Sister Pat always found time to serve on various boards and committees especially in service to her Dominican community. Most recently she held the role of director of sponsorship for the Dominican Congregation.  Sister’s warmth and generosity (as well as her extraordinary cooking prowess!) distinguished her as a genuine builder of community and a loyal friend. Her prayerful, joyous spirit will be truly missed.

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