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.

“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
“Three Lessons to be Learned from Contemplating the Nativity Scene”
What a joy it is for us to come together to mark this very happy and special occasion of the 800th anniversary of the first Nativity scene set into place… Read More
Tu luz debe brillar
Esta Navidad, los animo a reclamar a Cristo como el centro de su vida. Para que la paz exista en nuestro mundo, el Príncipe de Paz debe reinar primero en… Read More
Your Light must shine
This Christmas, I encourage you to reclaim Christ as the center of your life. For peace to exist in our world, the Prince of Peace must first reign in our… Read More
“The Transformative Power of the Encounter with Jesus Christ”
This thirtieth Cruzada Guadalupana we celebrate today adds even greater joy as it was this day 492 years ago that St. Juan Diego received the apparition of the Mother of… Read More
“El poder transformador del encuentro con Jesucristo”
Así como preparó al pueblo azteca para la venida de Su Hijo a través de su Madre con las profecías del Mundo de las Flores, y como preparó al mundo… Read More
“Living God’s Design to Bring Christ’s Light into the World”
We are entering into a very enchanted season of the year, as we do every year at this time.  And it presents to us a choice: to allow ourselves to… Read More
Unjust Media Reports
Please see the video message below from Archbishop Cordileone in response to unjust media reports related to abuse allegations directed against priests who have already been cleared by the Independent… Read More
Centrality of the Eucharist
This dire need for true Eucharistic faith in both word and action is what will help us to reclaim our city of St. Francis, who served as a model of… Read More
“Talitha Koum Calls Us to Be Evangelizers for the Eucharistic Revival”
It is a very good thing that we come together for this Faith Formation Conference, and renew ourselves in the work we carry out for our Lord and His Gospel… Read More

Memos from the Archbishop

Videos 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.