Letter from Fr. Erich Rutten, Pastor

  • March 18, 2022

    Dear Families of Saint Odilia Catholic School and Parish,

    Peace in Christ! You may be aware that our Principal, Vicki Marvin, is taking the role of Executive Director of the Minnesota Nonpublic School Accrediting Association. We are grateful for all her efforts for our kids during her time as Principal here at St. Odilia.

    Recognizing the importance of this position, as well as making sure we are effectively communicating moving forward, I am writing today to share with you the selection process.


    • The application period is now closed.
    • Our hope is to screen applicants and complete interviews by early to mid-May, 2022.
    • Regular updates on the search process will be shared in parish and school communications. 

    Who Will Make Up the Search Committee?

    We are working closely with the Archdiocesan Office for the Mission of Catholic Education on our search. The Archdiocesan Guidelines for the Selection of a Principal recommends that our Search Committee reflect our parish and school community. We are in the process of finalizing who will be on the Search Committee. 

    How Can You Assist?

    1. Pray – I ask you to join us in prayer throughout the search, interview, and hiring stages. We pray for our school, our children, our families, our teachers, the search committee as well as our Church leadership that we are successful in this search process. (St. John Baptist de la Salle is the patron saint of Catholic School Principals.)
    2. Provide Input – I believe our school plays an essential role in our parish mission to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and to prepare our young people to be disciples for the good of the world. We would like to know what you believe are the most important qualities our next principal should possess to accomplish this mission. We completed a stakeholder survey in March. If you were unable to contribute your thoughts via the survey, please email your input to principaltransition@stodilia.org.

    If you have questions, comments, or feedback about this search process, please feel free to email principaltransition@stodilia.org.

    With faith in the Lord,

    Fr. Erich Rutten