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.

“The Blessedness of the Mother of God Is the Blessedness of the Disciple”
During these weeks of January the Church has us continue to savor the Christmas mysteries.  Indeed, wondrous mysteries continue to unfold before us as we make our pilgrimage to the… Read More
CatholicVote announces 2021 Top 10 Courage Awards: names Archbishops Cordileone, Gomez
Here’s how Catholic Vote begins its post: “Today more than ever we need courageous leaders; men and women who stand up in the face of the extraordinary pressures we all… Read More
“Tonight God Reveals to Us the Secret to Seeing Him”
The city of Rome is famous for its seven hills. One of them, the Palatine Hill, was known in ancient Rome as the neighborhood of the upper crust of society:… Read More
Archbishop: Jesus comes to us in simplicity and humility – at the first Christmas and today
A glance back at Christmas one year ago, and a careful scrutiny of where we are now in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic – this is the atmosphere in which… Read More
“The Fulfilled Prophecy of a Mestizo Church”
Homily for the Cruzada Guadalupana December 4, 2021; St. Mary’s Cathedral Introduction “Many nations shall join themselves to the Lord on that day, and they shall be his people, and… Read More
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
Confirmed to Put into Action the Truth of Christ the King
  I recall an episode of my life many years ago now. I was visiting a seminary classmate of mine who is a pastor in another part of the country.… 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

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.