It is with sadness but with the hope of eternal life, that I announce that Rev. Msgr. Robert A. Armstrong went home to God this afternoon. Msgr. Armstrong faithfully served the parishioners of the Cathedral of Mary our Queen for 25 years as its Rector from 1984 to 2009. Funeral arrangements are pending and we will keep you informed as we are updated. Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
Rev. Msgr. Richard W. Woy
March 7, 2017
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In remembrance of Monsignor Armstrong
My family is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our dear Pastor, who means so much to each of us in a very personal way.
My beloved son Danny was a long time alter boy for Monsignor Armstrong. Danny is very tall and Monsignor often leaned on Dan’s shoulders going up and down the steps to the alter. Danny admired Monsignor so much. He loved helping him and talking with him before and after Mass. When their father was at the end of his life, Danny called Monsignor to give him his last rites, and he did. That meant an awful lot to all of us, but especially to Danny.
Most tragically, my beautiful and only son Dan suffered a fatal accident on March 17, 2013, and in those initial stunning, shock-filled days, Monsignor Armstrong reached out to me. He called me several times. I could hear the pain in his voice as he spoke of his deep sadness for someone he knew and cared about. That meant so much to me. Sometimes I clung to his comforting words as if they were a life line. Monsignor Armstrong was one of the three celebrants at the Memorial Mass said at the Cathedral for my Danny. He was in poor health but wanted to be there. I know Danny’s spirit was lifted to have his beloved Pastor there, praying for him and ministering to him and his family, as he has done for so many years.
I had the good fortune to speak with Monsignor Armstrong about a month ago at the Cathedral. I was able to hold his hand and thank him again for all of his many kindnesses, but most of all for sharing his own personal sadness and reaching out to a grieving mom. He told me he still prays for Danny and has his picture in his apartment. I could tell by his appearance God would be calling him home soon. We rejoice our dear Pastor has been returned to his Creator.
With deepest gratitude,
The Beckenholdt Family