Former Sandwich Pastor Dismissed from the Clerical State
December 30, 2016
SANDWICH--An announcement regarding the status of the former pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Parish was made this week.
 
Bishop David Malloy released the following statement: :In May of 2015, it was announced that
Father Andrew Hougan was being removed from ministry at St. Paul the Apostle Parish because
of serious allegations regarding the fidelity of his priesthood. Following Church protocol for such
cases, the matter was turned over to the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
 
After investigation, review and canonical processes were completed, a decree was issued
dismissing Andrew Hougan from the clerical state.
 
“Throughout this process, Andrew’s right of defense was safeguarded by the full participation of
a canonical counsel of his choosing. At the conclusion of the process and following the
imposition of dismissal from the clerical state, Andrew filed recourse with the Congregation for
the Doctrine of the Faith. He later formally rescinded that recourse. The Congregation received
and accepted his withdrawal, acknowledging this in writing. As a result of Andrew’s decision to
end the recourse, the dismissal decree issued in the extra-judicial penal process stands as final
and has juridic effect.”
 
Andrew Hougan was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Thomas G. Doran in 2001. During
his priesthood he served as parochial vicar at St. Thomas More Parish, Elgin; St. John
Neumann Parish, St Charles and Holy Family Parish in Rockford. He became parochial
administrator at St. Paul the Apostle Parish in 2009 and was appointed pastor there in 2010.