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.

“Ethical Catholic Health Care: The Art of Healing and Integrity”
Thank you for your commitment to living by and building up ethical healthcare.  Our good Catholic people need to know that there are medical professionals in whose hands they can… Read More
Modern Martyrs of Communism
Why do so few Americans pay attention to the horrors of Marxist-leaning regimes? For me, an even more troubling question is: Why do Catholics know so little about the martyrs and… Read More
“Equipping Young People for Excellence, All the Way to Eternity”
What is it that would move a young person to seek to live a deeply spiritual life?  To dedicate his or her life to Jesus Christ, even to the point… Read More
“The Frightening Freedom of Being the Children of God”
At the beginning of this new year, so filled with hope and good will, let us, then, ask God for this grace: to live in the true freedom of being… Read 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” (Leer en español)
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
“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39 (Leer en español)
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

Memos from the Archbishop

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.