The Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone Appointed Ninth Archbishop of San Francisco
In a Vatican announcement this morning, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Salvatore J. Cordileone, presently serving as Bishop of Oakland, as the Metropolitan Archbishop of San Francisco.
Archbishop Niederauer, who has served the Archdiocese since his appointment in December, 2005, stated, “I am pleased to welcome Archbishop-elect Cordileone and to assure him of our prayers, loyalty, support and cooperation, as well as our friendship and affection.”
The new chief shepherd was born in San Diego, California, June 5, 1956. He graduated from Crawford High School in 1974 and from the University of San Diego in 1978, with a degree in philosophy. Archbishop-elect Cordileone studied for the priesthood at the North American College and Gregorian University in Rome, and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of San Diego by Bishop Leo T. Maher on July 9, 1982, thirty years ago this month.
The new Archbishop served as Associate Pastor of St. Martin of Tours Parish in La Mesa, California, for three years. He earned a doctorate in Canon Law at the Gregorian
University in Rome, and then returned to San Diego to serve as pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Calexico, California, on the border between California and Mexico. He speaks fluent Spanish and worked very closely with the Hispanic community there, helping immigrants and union workers in dealing with issues they faced. While serving as pastor he also served on the diocesan tribunal in San Diego.
In 1995 Archbishop-elect Cordileone went to Rome to serve for seven years as an assistant at the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the highest judicial body in the Vatican. On July 5, 2002, the late Pope John Paul II appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego, and he was ordained a bishop by Bishop Robert Brom on August 21, 2002.
Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Cordileone as Bishop of Oakland on March 23, 2009, and he was installed on May 6, 2009 in Christ the Light Cathedral. His service as Bishop of Oakland has given him a deep understanding of the radically diverse cultural composition of the Bay Area and a dedication to multi-cultural ministry. His studies and work in Rome gave him a global perspective on the Church throughout the world.
Before moving to the Bay Area, Bishop-elect Cordileone chaired the Corporate Board of Catholic Charities and was a member of the University of San Diego Board of Trustees, serving on its Academic Affairs and Mission and Vision Committees. He is currently a member of the Committee for Canonical Affairs and Church Governance of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). He has served on the USCCB Task Force on Cultural Diversity and presently, he is chairman of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage. He also serves on the Religious Liberty Committee of the California Catholic Conference.
Archbishop-elect Cordileone likes jazz music and plays the saxophone. He enjoys swimming and watching football and baseball.
In the United States there are currently 272 active non-retired bishops comprised of 5 Cardinal Archbishops, 28 Archbishops, 156 Diocesan Bishops, 74 Auxiliary Bishops and 9 Apostolic or Diocesan Administrators.
The Archbishop of San Francisco ministers to more than a half million Catholics of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties, with 416 priests, 90 deacons and 675 women religious. There are 91 parishes with 11 Missions, 60 elementary schools, 18 pre-schools and 14 high schools in the three counties of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
Bishop-elect Salvatore Cordileone will be installed as the ninth Archbishop of San Francisco in a Mass of Installation at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption on October 4, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron of the Archdiocese.
Members of the press are cordially invited to attend a press conference at 10 a.m. on July 27 at the Event Center at St. Mary Cathedral, at Gough Street and Geary Boulevard, where the announcement will be made. The press conference room is accessible through the Gough Street side entrancelocatedbelow the Cathedral church.
Archbishop-designate Cordileone will make a statement and take questions and there will be an opportunity for one on one interviews.
This event will be streamed live at www.ustream.tv/channel/archdiocese-of-sf.