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THE MEMBERS of the Rector Search Committee held “marathon” meetings last week to conduct phone interviews with a select group of 10 candidates (out of 27 applicants) for the position of rector of the parish. The interviews went well, and the committee will next meet on Tuesday, October 15, to discuss the interviews and select two or three finalists to bring to Chicago for a final round of interviews and to meet the members of the vestry. Please keep the search committee in your prayers as they conduct their important work.
The Rector Search Committee has selected 10 candidates to advance to the phone interview phase of the search process, and this week is an intense period of interviewing all 10, two per evening. The interviews so far have yielded valuable insight into each candidate’s experience, outlook, stories, vision, and strengths. On October 15, the committee will meet to decide which of the candidates will advance to the on-site interview phase and be invited to come to Chicago for that interview and related activities.
The process of receiving names of prospective candidates for the Rector position has closed as scheduled on September 15. The Rector Search Committee is now evaluating applications received and preparing to invite selected applicants to participate in telephone interviews in October. We have received a good number of very good applications and are meeting weekly to discern which applicants committee members would like to speak with further in the next phase.
At Masses on Sunday, August 4, 2013, Search Committee Chairman Mike Milano updated parishioners on the search process.
I am pleased to inform you that to date, we have over 12 candidates for the position of permanent rector, not only from the United States, but from England and Australia. Their applications are in various stages of completion. I expect that by the end of this month, all of these applications will have completed their submissions, which consist of:
- Letter of introduction
- OTM portfolio
- Response to the questions posed by the committee
Some of the delays in completing these applications are due to vacations and other summer activities.
In addition to posting our open position on the national church and diocese’s websites, the Search Committee has contacted a number of priests to ask for recommendations of suitable candidates for our position. So far, we are very pleased at the response.
We continue to follow the guidelines set forth by the diocese, and to that end, I would ask that any and all questions, no matter how important or seemingly unimportant, pertaining to this process be directed to a Search Committee member. If you hear anything from someone and are unsure of its validity, please let us know, and we will clarify to the best of our ability.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support for the Search Committee.
—Michael Milano, Chairman
At a special meeting on Saturday, March 23, the Rector Search Committee met with Susan Czolgosz, the diocesan transition consultant. She gave committee members a thorough walkthrough of the Parish Survey results received from Holy Cow Consulting, the firm that administers the survey.
The very high rate of participation in the survey yielded very useful results, and during its 2013-0403 SC_Agenda, the committee will plan how to present the results to parishioners.