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.

Learn the Lesson of Advent to Not Miss the Lord When He Comes to Meet You
Homily for the First Sunday of Advent, Year “B”Given at the Solemn Mass at the London Oratory of St. Philip NeriNovember 30, 2014 IntroductionI remember someone once recounting to me… Read More
The Mystery of St. Francis’ Perfect Joy
Homily for the Mass of Rededication of the National Shrine of St. Francis By Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco Solemnity of St. Francis of Assisi: October 4,… Read More
HOMILY – MASS OF ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD June 7, 2014 (Readings: Jeremiah 1:4-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4; John 10:11-16)  Introduction The earliest examples of Christian art we have are wall… Read More
Homily by Archbishop Cordileone At the Funeral Mass of His Mother, Mary Cordileone May 12, 2014 Introduction Just for the sake of those of you who might not know, I’m… Read More
Do This in Memory of Me’ – That’s What It’s All About
Homily for Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper By Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone Archbishop of San Francisco St. Mary’s Cathedral; April 17, 2014 Introduction Recently when I was helping… Read More
Sanctified for the Sanctification of the World
Chrism Mass Homily By Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone Archbishop of San Francisco April 10, 2014 Introduction Appropriately enough for this annual Mass in which the Oil of the Sick and… Read More
Keeping the Divine Perspective Always in Our Sight
Homily for Rite of Election (First Sunday of Lent, Year “A”) By the Most Reverend Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco March 9, 2014 Introduction Every year on this First… Read More
Consecrated Life, the Incarnation of our Deepest and Most HumanHopes and Expectations
Homily for the World Day for Consecrated Life February 2, 2014 (Feast of the Presentation) By the Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco Introduction As we have done… Read More
Defending Human Life and Dignity, from Generation to Generation
Homily for Mass on the Occasion of the Walk for Life West Coast January 25, 2014 (Feast of Conversion of St. Paul) By The Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of… Read More

Letters and Statements from the Archbishop

Articles from the Archbishop

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.