Msgr. Peter Gomez Armstrong
Summary of Case: A prominent priest of the San Francisco archdiocese whose assignments included long time CYO director and chaplain for the San Francisco 49ers, Armstrong was accused sometime in the 1990s or early 2000s of having molested a teenage boy in Marin County. Armstrong retired in 2001 and died in 2009.
Died: Nov. 17, 2009
San Francisco archbishop was John Joseph Mitty (1935-1961)
|1959||St. Pius||Redwood City||CA||2/3, 2/2||Parish had a school with 103-283 boys and 95-268 girls.|
Washington DC archbishop was Patrick Aloysius O'Boyle (1947-1973)
|1960||Catholic University||Washington||DC||earned a Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW)|
Mitty was succeeded by Joseph Thomas McGucken (1962-1977)
|1996||Catholic Youth Organization||San Francisco||CA||Assistant Director 1960-1965, Director 1965-1979, Director Emeritus 1982-1996|
|1961||1963||St. Patrick's||San Francisco||CA||
|Parish had a school with 82-70 boys and 74-75 girls.|
|1963||1975||Boys' Home||San Francisco||CA||Director||Armstrong was elevated to Monsignor in1966.|
John Raphael Quinn replaced McGucken (1977-1995)
|1979||Secretary to the Archbishop for Youth Activities||San Francisco||CA|
|1975||1979||St. Vincent School for Boys||San Rafael||CA||Director||This was an orphanage/residential treatment center with 60-50 boys.|
|Archdiocesan Planning Commission||San Francisco||CA||Chairman|
|San Francisco 49ers||San Francisco||CA||Chaplain|
|1981||1982||Santa Clara County Northern Deanery||San Francisco||CA||Dean|
|1982||1983||San Mateo County Southern Deanery||San Francisco||CA||Dean|
|1982||1987||Social Justice Commission/Justice and Peace Office||San Francisco||CA||Chairman|
Quinn was followed as archbishop by William Joseph Levada (1995-2005)
• Armstrong was accused sometime in the 1990s or early 2000s of molesting a teenage boy in Marin County.
|CA||1/4, 1/3, 1/2, 1/5||Parish had a school with 309-348 students, and a religious education program with 163-409 students.|
|2001||Retired||Kenwood (Sonoma Valley)||CA||Lived here with his friend, Msgr. Jack O'Hare.|
|George Hugh Niederauer succeeded Levada (2005-)||2009||Retired||San Rafael||CA||
At some point moved to this AlmaVia, which was an elder care facility.
Armstrong died Nov. 17, 2009
Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1955-2010)
• S.F. Archdiocese Quietly Removing Accused Priests, By Jaxon Van Derbeken, San Francisco Chronicle, August 29, 2002
• See No Evil, By Ron Russell, San Francisco Weekly, May 21, 2003
• Monsignor Peter Gomez Armstrong (1929-2009), San Francisco Chronicle, November 21, 2009
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This assignment record was last updated on Sept. 19, 2010