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 statements, homilies, op-eds, videos, memos, and more.

“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
Giving Thanks
A wise bishop I once knew had a knack for coming up with short, pithy phrases that sum up volumes of wisdom. One of his favorite was “gratitude is the… Read More
Congress Dishonors Marriage
The union of husband and wife is unique: Together they make a baby, and their marriage is the best way to ensure that that baby grows up with both mother… Read More
“God is with Us, Mary Walks with Us”
Apparently, our God is crying for joy to see us once again reunited to honor the Mother of His Son.  And it is indeed a great joy for us to… Read More
Preaching truth on sex and gender in a hostile culture
Sex and gender are among the most contentious topics of discussion within the Catholic Church today. For Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, a human connection is key to having… Read More
In prison, everywhere – the Eucharist brings freedom and mercy
“Eucharist.” “Thanksgiving.” As Catholics, every day is to be a “thanksgiving” for us who worship our Eucharistic Lord and are conformed to Him in our reception of Him. This “thanksgiving”… Read More

Homilies by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone

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.