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.

: 1954
Died: Nov. 17, 2009


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


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

5/5, 4/4

In residence.

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)

2001 St. Pius

Redwood City

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

: 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