Assignment Record– Rev. William F. Hough

Summary of Case: William F. Hough was ordained for the Archdiocese of St. Paul in 1963. He assisted at parishes in the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, then pastored in Minneapolis and Marystown. He retired in 1991 and died in 1994. In September 2016 the archdiocese announced that there was a substantiated claim that Hough sexually abused a minor 1963-1966. He was an assistant at St. Mary's in St. Paul during that time.

: 1963
Died: August 15, 1994


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Archdiocese of St. Paul

Archbishop was Leo Binz (1961-1975).

1966 St. Mary's

St. Paul

In September 2016 the Archdiocese announced that there was a substantiated claim that Hough sexually abused a minor during 1964-1966.

MN 2/2, 2/3

St. Mary's had a school with 284-222 students.

    St. Elizabeth Minneapolis MN   This assignment is per the archdiocese.


Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

1967 Our Lady of Perpetual Help Minneapolis MN 2/2  
1967 1972 Resurrection Minneapolis MN 3/3, 2/2 Resurrection had a school with 548-450 students.
1972 1974 St. Mary of the Purification Marystown MN 1/1  


Binz was succeeded by John Robert Roach (1975-1995).

1991 St. Anthony of Padua Minneapolis MN 1/1  
1991 1994 Retired Minneapolis MN  

Hough lived at 215 Broadway N.E

Hough died August 15, 1994.

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1964-1995).

Statement Regarding Disclosure of Additional Name, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, September 16, 2016

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This assignment record was last updated on October 14, 2016.


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