Aquinas Institute of Theology is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Great Preacher Award. Reverend Matthew O’Toole and Reverend Monsignor John Costello, both of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, will be honored on Thursday, October 18.

The Great Preacher Award dinner will take place at 7:00 p.m. at The Cedars Banquet Hall in St. Louis, Missouri, with a VIP pre-reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please contact Aquinas Institute at 314.256.8856.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Fr. Matt O’Toole was ordained to the priesthood in 1995.  He has served several parishes around the Archdiocese, with ten years as chaplain and teacher at Christian Brothers College. Since 2011 he has been the pastor of St. Margaret of Scotland in the Shaw neighborhood. An avid student of history with a great appreciation for art, literature, and popular entertainment, Fr. O’Toole weaves these elements into his preaching to create a tapestry of meaning for his parishioners and makes the Gospel of Christ and the Catholic faith relevant and meaningful.

Ordained in 1972, Msgr. Jack Costello became pastor of St. Peter in February 2005. He has roots in the parish, as his family has lived in the area for more than 50 years. He was an assistant at St. Peter for five years in the 1980s. Preaching themes of reconciliation, daily prayer, celebration, work-life balance while quoting authors such as Stephen Covey, Msgr. Jack is able to relate the message of the Gospels to the pressure of society in the twenty-first century. In his preaching, he remains in touch with the long standing traditions of prayer and liturgy.

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