Our Archbishop

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 homilies, op-eds, statements, memos, and more.

New video: Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone urges a no vote on Proposition One
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone urges a No Vote on Proposition One, a proposed amendment to the California Constitution on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Strangers No Longer
As communities committed to providing sanctuary to migrants, San Francisco and California are duty-bound to welcome immigrants and find opportunities for them to thrive here, no matter how they arrive… Read More
“Consecrated to be Stewards of the Good Things that Last Forever”
What a treasure we have in the Bible.  It is indeed a rich treasure chest from which to mine an abundance of wisdom.  One of the reasons the Bible so… Read More
‘For freedom, Christ has set us free.’ (Galatians 5:1)
By Archbishop Salvatore Joseph Cordileone Freedom is among our most cherished values as a nation. The United States of America is the “land of the free,” and yet, freedom may… Read More
“Lost and Found According to God’s Time”
The memories are still very vivid, still very painful, of what happened in New York City and Washington, DC twenty-one years ago today.  For many there is a sense of… Read More
Missionaries of Charity Celebrate Life and Legacy of St. Mother Teresa with 25-Year Anniversary Mass and Festival
St. Mother Teresa holds a special place in the heart of San Francisco. During her life, she visited the city many times, often without fan fair, to encourage her sisters… Read More
Archbishop Cordileone opens academic year at St. Patrick’s Seminary and University with Mass of the Holy Spirit
St. Patrick’s Seminary and University kicked-off their academic year August 30 with the Mass of the Holy Spirit. Traditionally held at the beginning of the school year, the Mass is… Read More
Big win for parental rights as vaccine bill dies on last day of CA legislative session
On the last day of the legislative session a hard-fought effort paid off, and legislation died that sought to remove parent and guardian involvement in the vaccination of children.

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.