Our Archbishop

Most Reverend Salvatore Cordileone

Archbishop of San Francisco

Salvatore Cordiloeone 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.

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
Don’t Slander St. Junípero Serra
California lawmakers sully the good name of a Catholic saint. By Salvatore J. Cordileone and José H. Gomez California lawmakers have passed legislation to replace a statue of St. Junípero… Read More
Clinging to Our Lady, the Pillar of Faith
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone Votive Mass of Our Lady of the Pillar • Readings: Judith 13:14, 17-20; Luke 11:27-28 • Homily delivered at St. Mary’s Cathedral on the occasion of… Read More
WaPo Op-Ed: Our duty to challenge Catholic politicians who support abortion rights
Salvatore J. Cordileone Prominent politicians lost no time in reacting hyperbolically to the Supreme Court’s decision refusing to enjoin Texas’s new law banning abortions after the detection of a fetal… Read More
Archbishop Cordileone regarding San Rafael-based Roots of Peace Workers and Cajon Valley High School Students Trapped in Afghanistan
I just got off the phone with Heidi Kuhn.  She is the founder of the San Rafael-based Roots of Peace, a nonprofit that works in Afghanistan to remove landmines and… Read More
The Vocation of a Cathedral and the Vision and Legacy of St. Mary of the Assumption
Homily for the Solemnity of the Assumption Mass for 50th Anniversary of St. Mary’s Cathedral
Archbishop Cordileone on the Celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass
(Traducción al español a continuación) In response to a request from a group of the faithful in the Archdiocese of San Francisco in June, I agreed to allow a monthly… Read More
Statement of San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defending efforts to permit federal funding of elective abortions
Let me repeat: no one can claim to be a devout Catholic and condone the killing of innocent human life, let alone have the government pay for it.  The right… Read More
Op-Ed: A response to the “Statement of Principles”
First Things The history of Catholic immigrants to the United States and their descendants is exemplary of the American dream, and intertwined with the Democratic party. I myself am a… 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.

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