Peter Roufs, a former faculty member, will be returning to St. Mary’s as high school principal, starting July 1.

St. Mary’s High School announced last week that Peter Roufs, a former faculty member, would be returning to St. Mary’s as high school principal, starting July 1. Current principal, Andrew Bach, offered his resignation in February.

St. Mary’s Elementary School Principal Mary Gangelhoff said after Bach announced he was leaving the school advertised the position and interviewed candidates. Gangelhoff was pleased with the selection of Roufs to join her on the administration team.

Roufs taught at St. Mary's High School from 1990 to 2007. Courses he taught included junior high physical education/health, religion, and high school lifetime sports. Roufs currently serves as Head Teacher at Lafayette Charter School.

Roufs said he sought the position at St. Mary’s because he tries to be open to God's will. “With that approach, I have been blessed to be in some great communities and schools,” he said. “I have a strong belief in the value of Catholic education. When this position opened it was a chance for me to enter back into a Catholic school, in a place that my family and I are very fond of. Sleepy Eye and St. Mary's have supported me in the best and most difficult times of my life. That brings a strong motivation for me to serve and help continue the strong tradition of Catholic education in Sleepy Eye.”

Roufs added, “Although it will be difficult to leave Lafayette Charter and the people there, I am very excited to return to a school where I spent most of my teaching career and to serve in a leadership position.”

Principal Bach is getting married and moving to the Minnesota Lake area.

“I would like to thank the St. Mary’s parish members, school community, and the city of Sleepy Eye for welcoming me to this great town,” said Bach. “St. Mary’s will always have a special place in my heart as I believe God brought me here, not because St. Mary’s needed me, but because I needed St. Mary’s. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here, learned many lessons, and believe Sleepy Eye to be a great place to raise a family. So, although I will be getting married and plan to move back to my home area near Minnesota Lake, who knows, you might just still see me around from time-to-time.”