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

Don’t miss Archbishop Cordileone’s latest homilies, letters, statements, OpEds, posts, and videos.

An open letter to students of Riordan High School
Archbishop Riordan High School held an all-school assembly earlier this school year featuring pro-life activist Megan Almon. During the assembly, a number of students walked out in protest of the… Read More
Marin Voice: DA should uphold the law fairly for all, Catholics included
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone Published in the Marin Independent Journal In a Columbus Day press conference, activists called on Marin County District Attorney Lori Frugoli to drop all the charges… Read More
Statement by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone On the Occasion of the Launch of the Holy Father’s Laudato Si Action Platform
The Laudato Si Action Platform is a global initiative launched by Pope Francis to develop “a new ecological approach that can transform our way of inhabiting the world, our lifestyles,… Read More
America Magazine Interview: Archbishop Cordileone on Biden, Pelosi, abortion and Pope Francis
In this wide-ranging conversation on “The Gloria Purvis Podcast,” host Gloria Purvis speaks with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco about some of the most contested issues in the Catholic… Read More
Requiem for the Homeless: “Beauty is called for”
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone brought San Francisco’s faith, civic and social service communities together at St. Mary’s Cathedral to pray for the souls of the homeless dead in a Requiem… Read More
The Human Encounter of Love and the Most Valuable Lesson in Life
A famous story is told of the patron of our city, St. Francis of Assisi, about his encounter with a leper shortly after his conversion.  Up until relatively recently, of… Read More
From the Archbishop: Homelessness and Human Dignity, Grant eternal rest unto them O Lord
It was an eventful summer. Among the many ups and downs, one of the downs for me was losing a very dear friend and priest mentor of mine since my… Read More
Memo to the Priests of the Archdiocese of San Francisco on the 2021-2023 Synod
Dear Brother Priests, As you know, the Holy Father has convoked a global synod. Pope Francis is inviting us to consider how we journey together and focus on “communion, participation,… Read More
Statement of Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone in Opposition to Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021
HR 3755, the misnamed “Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021,” shows to what radical extremes the supposedly “Pro-Choice” advocates in our country will go to protect what they hold most… Read More

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.