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VAPAfest! At St Vincent de Paul – A celebration of the Arts and Community
St. Vincent de Paul School in San Francisco held a celebration of Visual Arts and Performing Arts (VAPA) in November, highlighting student accomplishments with a theater festival, art show, and… Read More
With paper and charcoal, local students learn empathy for Holocaust survivors
The drawings are part of the Survivor Studio Project, which offers middle and high school students a creative, experiential way to learn about the Holocaust. The Farkas Center, a Bay… Read More
St. Francis: Lover of the Eucharist
Francis of Assisi’s adoration of the Eucharist lit a fire in the hearts of those who have followed in his footsteps as daughters and sons of God. After 800 years,… Read More
Cruzada Guadalupana to celebrate 30 years
Beginning at All Souls Catholic Church early in the morning, the pilgrimage travels to Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma for a quick stop and then continues to the cathedral. The… Read More
United for Life celebrates 50 years of defending and promoting the sanctity of life
Fifty years ago, upon seeing the shifting conversation in abortion following the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe vs Wade, Father Francesco Filice and a group of Catholics in the… Read More
Monastery of Perpetual Adoration hosts year-long celebration of foundress
The sisters joyfully launched the holy year with a procession and the opening of the holy door on Wednesday, November 29, along with their morning Mass. A picture of Mother… Read More
Servant of God Cora Evans: Sainthood cause of California wife, mother advances to Rome
Enduring profound physical and psychological pain, Servant of God Cora Louise Evans pushed for the mission commissioned by Christ with whom she reported sharing intimate conversations and precious moments in… Read More
Faith in Action: Catholic ministry brings hot Thanksgiving meals to SF jails
Archdiocese of San Francisco Restorative Justice Ministry coordinator Julio Escobar and his team delivered Thanksgiving meals, blessing and fellowship to all the 1,100 men and women incarcerated in the City… Read More

Latest from Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone

Letters, statements, articles, and memos

“Living God’s Design to Bring Christ’s Light into the World”
We are entering into a very enchanted season of the year, as we do every year at this time.  And it presents to us a choice: to allow ourselves to… Read More
Unjust Media Reports
Please see the video message below from Archbishop Cordileone in response to unjust media reports related to abuse allegations directed against priests who have already been cleared by the Independent… Read More
“Talitha Koum Calls Us to Be Evangelizers for the Eucharistic Revival”
It is a very good thing that we come together for this Faith Formation Conference, and renew ourselves in the work we carry out for our Lord and His Gospel… Read More
“The Road to Emmaus: the Paradigm for Pastoral Ministry to God’s People”
We thank God for the priestly witness of our predecessors buried here (and beyond), who nourished God’s people with the food of His Word and the grace of the sacraments,… Read More
Can a Catholic education shape the secular political world?
Dr. Michael Dauphinais of Ave Maria University speaks with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of the Archdiocese of San Francisco about the central pillars of a Catholic education, principles that lead to… Read More
“The Restoration of God’s Image By Repaying to God What Is God’s”
It is the covenant of marriage as God has created it that reflects His image and is the sign of the communion He seeks with us: a comprehensive, perfecting, eternal… Read More
“The Vocation of Catholic Health Care for the Spiritual Liberation of Those Held Captive”
Thank you for answering this holy call as a Catholic health care worker, healing mind and body with the selfless love of the Mother of God, with the compassion revealed… Read More
“The Blessed Mother Walks with Us Always”
Our annual Rosary Rally which we celebrate on this first Saturday of October happens to fall this year on the actual Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary.  This is… Read More

Latest events from around the Archdiocese

Dec 09
Gudalupana Pilgrimage 30th Anniversary Celebration
Join us for the 30th anniversary Guadalupana Pilgrimage to St. Mary’s Cathedral of San Francisco on Saturday, December 9, 2023. The day begins at 5:00 a.m. at All Souls Catholic… Read More
Dec 09
Star of the Sea Advent Mission
Join Star of the Sea for their Advent Mission entitled ” Your Lady, Mother of Mercy.” Speaker Sister Donata Farbaniec, of the “Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, the religious… Read More
Dec 09
Cradled in Creation, Cultivating a Reciprocal Compassion
There is a universal recognition throughout the wisdom traditions that sacredness is held in nature. The ways in which we are intricately woven together, more in a circle than a… Read More
Dec 09
Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass and Dinner
St. Brendan Church Small Faith Communities, School, and Clubs are hosting our annual Mariachi Mass and Dinner beginning at 5:00 pm with live presentation of the Apparitions after Mass and… Read More
Dec 09
Magnificat, an Advent Concert
Join St. Robert’s Catholic Church for their third annual Advent concert featuring more than 50 singers from around the world with choral pieces, Christmas carols, and praise and worship music.… Read More
Dec 10
Mater Dolorosa Parish Christmas Concert “On Hope and Joy”
Mater Dolorosa Parish is happy and proud to invite you to their Christmas Concert by their Adult and Children’s Choirs.  The choirs are raising fund towards a 2025 performance pilgrimage… Read More
Dec 12
Advent Concert Series at St. Boniface
Join the St. Anthony Foundation for an Advent Concert Series with St. Boniface’s historic organ. Concert Series dates: December 5, 12, and 19. Advent Concert Series for the Homeless
Dec 13
16th annual Simbang Gabi Commissioning Mass
Come join us as the Archdiocese sends us forth on a mission to be this light of Christ! 16th Annual Simbang Gabi Commissioning Mass Wednesday, December 13, 2023, 6:30pm Cathedral of St.… Read More

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Catholic Faith, Fiction, and Film

With Dr. Margaret Turek

All “serious” fiction writers imbue their works with a vision of life: a vision often indebted to a philosophy or a religious creed. This is the case, whether the writer is a rationalist, an atheist, a Buddhist or a Catholic. Against the horizon of his vision of life or belief structure, the fiction writer will grapple with such questions as: What makes a life fully human, truly humane? Is there an absolute meaning and ultimate goal of human existence?

Beginning Tuesday, January 2, 2024; Dr. Turek leads us through a selection of modern works of fiction and film, all of which deal with themes vital to the Catholic vision of God, human existence, sin and guilt, redemption, and beatitude beyond death. Along the way, the unique challenges facing the Catholic fiction writer (and his audience) today will be discussed, including how the writer attempts to get his vision across when writing for a world that is unprepared to see “the really real” with the eyes of faith? How does one portray the nearness of God for an audience who is scarcely conscious of God?