Sad news from correspondent Jim last night.  Al Arborgast, pioneer of the Latin Mass movement in Lexington, KY, and a friend of mine, has passed on.

The email from chaplain Fr. Valentine Young, ofm, announcing the death:

  Our beloved Al Arbogast past away this morning around 6:30 AM at St. Joseph Hospital.  His son Joe from Milwaukee had been staying with him, and noticed his weakened condition earlier this morning.  He called 911 and had his dad taken to the hospital, but it was his dad’s time to go to heaven.

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Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine.  Et lux perpetua luceat ei.

Here are the arrangements as announced by Fr. Valentine:

  Viewing for relatives and friends will be from 5 – 8 on Thursday, March 27, with the Rosary and other prayers being recited at 7:00 PM.  This will take place at the Milward Funeral Dicrectors locatged at 391 Southland Drive.

The Funeral Mass will be Friday at 9:00 AM at St. Peter Church.  Hopefully the adult and children’s choir will be able to be present and sing at this Mass.  The burial will take place at St. Stephen Cemetery in Fort Thomas, KY, where Al’s wife is buried.

Al brought all of his energy, inelegance, and charm to the Latin Mass Committee and helped keep it going through the rough years.  He was a real gentleman and he will be missed.