Evan and Sarah Catherine Costello

Hey y'all! We are the Costello's and we are FOCUS missionaries!

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Where I serve

I am currently in my third year with FOCUS. For my first two years I served as a campus missionary at Auburn University in Alabama. I was very blessed to serve at my alma mater's biggest rival, and it was incredible to see the ways that the Lord worked in and through the missionaries and students on campus. While I served at Auburn, the community of men grew in meaningful and intimate friendships with each other as well as in their relationships with Christ. By the end of my second year there, we had 14 student led men's bible studies, more than 30 men in discipleship, 4 men became missionaries with FOCUS, 3 men entered seminary, and 1 man entered priestly formation with the religious order Miles Christi. Since then my role with FOCUS has changed. I am now serving as a parish missionary at Immaculate Conception Dardenne, in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. My role as a missionary is much the same: serve the community of men through intentional and genuine friendships that are centered on Christ and His Church. 

My Story

As a missionary, my greatest desire is to lead others to Christ by fostering encounter with Him by living a life of virtue and allowing Him to live through me. My life has been transformed by Jesus through scripture and coming to know Him in a personal relationship. When I was a junior in college I was blessed to be befriended by Marshall Bolling, a FOCUS missionary at the University of Alabama. Every day he sought to live out virtue and pursue Christ. By inviting me to journey towards Christ with him, I experienced the mercy and patience of God. As a missionary, if I am able to do for one person, what Marshall did for me, it would be well worth any amount of time spent doing so. I desire to bring this joy to others and introduce them to the life-changing message of the Gospel; especially in parish life, where it is so needed. In His ministry on earth, Jesus humbled Himself to meet us on our level, taking on our humanity, and spent most of His time investing deeply in a few. I look to Jesus’ own example to find the best method of reaching the world. I've been constantly amazed by the different souls I've encountered in the parish and on campus and I am looking forward to all of those that I will encounter as God has ordained in His Divine Will. 

Your Impact

When I answered the call to join FOCUS, I made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help me through this mission. I've been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with me as I serve on campus. If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know of the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment. I'd be honored to share this mission with you.

Know, Love and Serve God

We encounter God in an intimate relationship through daily prayer, the sacraments and the Scriptures.

Build Virtuous Friendships

By building genuine friendships, we meet students on a deeper level.

Teach Others to Share Christ

We teach students how to share the gospel, who in turn teach other students how to pass it on …