Most Reverend Salvatore Cordileone

Archbishop of San Francisco

Salvatore Cordileone was appointed the Archbishop of San Francisco on July 27, 2012, and was installed on October 4, 2012, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption.

Since then, he has led the faithful of San Francisco with steadfast determination.

Latest from the Archbishop

Read Archbishop’s latest statements, homilies, op-eds, videos, memos, and more.

“Repentance, Conversion, and Sharing the Love of Jesus with Others”
Tonight is the fruit of the living faith of so many who are seeking to know and spread the love of Jesus Christ.  Thank you!
“Orienting Our Lives Toward the Lord, in Order to Rise with Him”
Lent reminds us that there is hope, hope when the ashes represent, not our destruction at the end of our life, but the destruction of sin in our life so… Read More
“Orientándonos Hacia el Señor para Resucitar a la Vida con Él”
La Cuaresma nos recuerda que hay esperanza, esperanza cuando las cenizas representan, no nuestra destrucción al final de nuestra vida, sino la destrucción del pecado en nuestra vida para que… Read More
“Ama a tu prójimo como a ti mismo”. – Mateo 22:39
Como católicos, utilizamos nuestros dones y talentos para servir y demostrar nuestro amor por nuestro prójimo. De hecho, en lugar de preguntar quiénes son nuestros vecinos, los católicos preguntan: “¿Hay… Read More
“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39
As Catholics, we use our gifts and talents to serve and demonstrate our love for our neighbors. Indeed, instead of asking who our neighbors are, Catholics ask, “Is there anyone… Read More
“God’s Plan for Marriage: The School in How to Find True Happiness”
On this occasion today when we celebrate your wedding anniversaries, and the beauty of God’s plan for marriage, I pray He may bless you with the grace and wisdom to… Read More
“Repeating the Life of Christ: The Gift of Consecrated Life in the Church”
The very presence of consecrated persons in the life of the Church is the greatest gift. It goes far beyond what they do for others, which is so great indeed,… Read More
Message to St. Augustine Parish
The St. Augustine parish community has been in my prayers this week as it recovers from the shooting on Tuesday. We thank the police and other first responders for their swift action… Read More
Catholic education is a spiritual work of mercy
and women who are instruments of God’s mercy in the world through the many service opportunities in which our students participate, such as food and clothing drives, visiting the homebound… Read More
“Do Whatever He Tells You, and You Will Spread the Face of His Love to the Whole World”
  The love of Christ is truly a universal language, understood everywhere and in every culture, leaving his image and thus changing both persons involved in that encounter of authentic… Read More
“New Means, Same Abiding Truth: St. Paul’s Legacy Continues Through His Spiritual Daughters”
For over 100 years, and for the last 58 years here in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, they have continued St. Paul’s work of evangelization by delivering the same and… Read More

Homilies by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone

The coat of arms

The coat of arms of Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone celebrates the line of fishermen in his family. It presents a red crab against a silver background and a demi-lion with red claws holding a heart to honor the family name, Cordileone, which means “heart of a lion” from a literal translation of cor di leone.

The banner at the bottom includes his motto, “In Verbo Tuo,” translated, “At Your Word,” recalling the Gospel story of the apostles casting their nets at the Lord’s urging after fishing all night and catching nothing. Peter lets down the net on the strength of Christ’s command. “And Simon answered: ‘Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” (Luke 5:5)

Archbishop’s Circle

The Archbishop’s Circle consists of over eighty households representing about 110 individuals. Circle members support special programs identified by Archbishop Cordileone. Without the support of the Circle members, these initiatives would not be funded.

Support Archbishop Cordileone and his vision by funding special programs and initiatives

The Archbishop’s First Pastoral Letter

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you” (Jer 1:5). A young Jeremiah heard the Lord speak these words to him over 2500 years ago. In these times in which we are living, the scourge of abortion ignores the reality that humans are made in the image of God, known and beloved by God. This pastoral letter addresses all Catholics, but especially Catholics in public life, calling for deep reflection on the evil of abortion and on the meaning of receiving Holy Communion, the Bread of Life.