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.

Statement by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone on care for Laguna Honda Hospital patients
In response to the prospect of transferring infirm and elderly Laguna Honda Hospital patients due to regulatory and funding concerns, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone released the following statement. “Since the… Read More
Archbishop Cordileone blesses Half Moon Bay crime sites, reclaims them in prayer as “places of peace.”
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone traveled to Half Moon Bay on Jan. 27 to acknowledge the lives lost and families fractured in a deadly workplace shooting Jan. 23.
“With God, all things are possible …”
As we celebrate our Catholic schools during Catholic Schools Week, we give thanks to God for the great mission entrusted to our Catholic schools to teach and evangelize. May our… Read More
Statement by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone on the shootings in Half Moon Bay and Monterey Park
In response to the shootings in Half Moon Bay and Monterey Park, Archbishop Cordileone released the following statement.
“St. Agnes, Patron Saint of the New Chapter in Building a Culture of Life”
To advocate for what is just and true in a society which stands in opposition to it will always entail suffering and some kind of persecution. Enter our saint for… Read More
Statement by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone on the Death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI The passing of Pope Benedict XVI marks the loss of one of the world’s greatest theologians and pastors of souls of the 20th and early 21st… Read More
Homily for Christmas Mass During the Day
And so it is: God was to send not a human king to free His people from the oppression of a political power, for such powers will all eventually pass… Read More
Homily for Christmas Mass During the Night
“What did you get for Christmas?”  This is a question we hear asked with great frequency during these days of the year.  Of course, people also give gifts at Christmas… 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.