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More abortion bills waiting for gov’s signature
There are at least four more bills awaiting the signature of Gov. Gavin Newsom that would further endanger women and kill babies through abortion, increasing access and funding toward the… Read More
Celebrating the adventure of religious life at Mass for Consecrated Life
“You need to have a sense of adventure.” That was what one sister told Sister of Saint Joseph of Carondelet Theresa Kvale when she asked her in high school about… Read More
Catholic high schools offer community in faith
Earlier this year, the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education released a new instruction reiterating the essential characteristics of Catholic schools. Citing many key Church documents on Catholic education from the… Read More
Former St. Gregory pastor Cardinal McElroy celebrates parish’s anniversary
Less than a month after receiving the Cardinal’s biretta from Pope Francis in Rome, Cardinal Robert W. McElroy celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving for the 80th anniversary of St. Gregory… Read More
American Profiles: Immigrant journeys
Catholic immigrants from around the world call the Archdiocese of San Francisco home. Many have raised a generation of Catholics, and their children and grandchildren are raising future generations of… Read More
Mater Dolorosa windows represent Mary as suffering mother
As the mother of the Redeemer, Mary shared in the suffering of her Son in a unique and unrepeatable way. Throughout her life she live
Archbishop to first responders: “We thank you.”
Uniformed police, firefighters and sheriff’s deputies stood saluting in silent tribute of their comrades who had died, as the haunting notes of ‘Taps’ filled the Cathedral of St. Mary of… Read More
Restoring Hope
Reentry Conference and Resource Fair Celebrating its 10th anniversary with record registrations of more than 900, the Reentry Conference and Resource Fair took place on Friday, September 9, offering hope… Read More

Latest from Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone

Letters, statements, articles, and memos

Strangers No Longer
As communities committed to providing sanctuary to migrants, San Francisco and California are duty-bound to welcome immigrants and find opportunities for them to thrive here, no matter how they arrive… Read More
“Consecrated to be Stewards of the Good Things that Last Forever”
What a treasure we have in the Bible.  It is indeed a rich treasure chest from which to mine an abundance of wisdom.  One of the reasons the Bible so… Read More
‘For freedom, Christ has set us free.’ (Galatians 5:1)
By Archbishop Salvatore Joseph Cordileone Freedom is among our most cherished values as a nation. The United States of America is the “land of the free,” and yet, freedom may… Read More
“Lost and Found According to God’s Time”
The memories are still very vivid, still very painful, of what happened in New York City and Washington, DC twenty-one years ago today.  For many there is a sense of… Read More
Missionaries of Charity Celebrate Life and Legacy of St. Mother Teresa with 25-Year Anniversary Mass and Festival
St. Mother Teresa holds a special place in the heart of San Francisco. During her life, she visited the city many times, often without fan fair, to encourage her sisters… Read More
Archbishop Cordileone opens academic year at St. Patrick’s Seminary and University with Mass of the Holy Spirit
St. Patrick’s Seminary and University kicked-off their academic year August 30 with the Mass of the Holy Spirit. Traditionally held at the beginning of the school year, the Mass is… Read More
Big win for parental rights as vaccine bill dies on last day of CA legislative session
On the last day of the legislative session a hard-fought effort paid off, and legislation died that sought to remove parent and guardian involvement in the vaccination of children.
Statement by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone on Praying for the Abolition of the Death Penalty
Pope Francis is inviting us throughout the month of September to pray especially for the abolition of the death penalty. I wish to personally encourage the faithful to add this… Read More

Latest events from around the Archdiocese

Sep 27
14th Annual Champions Gala, Silver Chalice Awards Dinner
14th Annual Champions Gala, Silver Chalice Awards Dinner 6:00pm – 10:00pm Cost: $500 The Order of Malta Clinic of Northern California serves those without health insurance, we provide free medical… Read More
Sep 30
Religious Vocation Discernment Retreat
Religious Vocation Discernment Retreat 4:00pm (09/30) – 1:00pm (10/02) Is God Calling you to be a Sister? Do you wonder what being a Sister is all about? Come & See!… Read More
Sep 30
Beyond the Circle: Creating Mandalas for Spiritual Well-Being
Beyond the Circle: Creating Mandalas for Spiritual Well-Being 7:00pm (09/30) – 12:00pm (10/02) Cost: $300 Through ritual, reflective listening, and movement, we will enter sacred space and encounter the Divine… Read More
Oct 01
2022 Rosary Rally
2022 Rosary Rally 9:30am – 2:00pm Join Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone for the 12th annual Rosary Rally, celebrating the Archdiocesan Year of the National Eucharistic Revival. Saturday, October 1, 2022… Read More
Oct 07
Monthly Vocation Holy Hour
Monthly Vocation Holy Hour 4:00pm – 5:00pm Join us as we pray a monthly Eucharistic Holy Hour at the Cathedral, “our mother church,” for an increase and strengthening of vocations… Read More
Oct 13
Centering Prayer: Praying with Jesus
Centering Prayer: Praying with Jesus 4:00pm (10/13) – 12:00pm (10/16) Cost: $375 The prayer that is commonly known as The Lord’s Prayer is one that many memorized as young children.… Read More
Oct 14
12th Annual Priests Retirement Luncheon
12th Annual Priests Retirement Luncheon 12:00pm The 12th Annual Priests Retirement Luncheon will take place on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. The day will start with a… Read More
Oct 20
2022 Red Mass
2022 Red Mass 5:30pm Join Archbishop Cordileone and the Thomas More Society for the 2022 Archdiocesan Red Mass, celebrated annually for all members of the legal profession. This  year’s honoree… Read More

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Next Upcoming Online Course:

“Sinners and Saints in Dante’s Divine Comedy”

By Dr Anthony Nussmeier
Associate Professor of Italian and Director of Italian at the University of Dallas

Join us for an exploration of literature’s greatest poem, Dante’s Divine Comedy. Initial lessons will introduce readers to the beauty of the epic poem, as well as to the fractious history of Dante’s Italy and his at-times contentious relationship with the institutional Church. Subsequent lessons will explore select canti from the three canticles (books) of the poem: Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise. Students will consider the role of the saints in Dante’s epic – including, among others, St. Lucy, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Dominic, St. Bernard, and St. Francis of Assisi – as well as their counterparts, the sinners residing in Hell, the obverse of all that is saintly.

The Rosary and Contemplative
Prayer  Online Course

By Instructor: Dr. Anthony Lilles
Professor of Theology, St. Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park, CA


At the dawn of the New Millennium, St. John Paul II wrote an apostolic letter on the rosary as an aid to his great pastoral program: contemplating the face of Christ.  He presents this contemplation as both Marian and Eucharistic, a loving gaze that discovers the gaze of Christ through the Church.  Twenty years later, the Church faces a crisis in Eucharistic devotion and at the same time, a crisis in personal prayer.  Having lost a sense of the Real Presence of Christ, many Catholics are adrift in the chaos of secularism, and they are searching for something sacred to hang onto that will help them regain a sense of hope.  Contemplation in the Catholic spiritual tradition as expressed in the rosary offers a life line for these disciples. These lectures propose Marian devotion to Christ found in the rosary as a powerful tool for spiritual revival.  A biblical, historical and practical exploration, participants reflect on the meaning, mysteries and power that this contemplation unleashes for fuller and more conscious participation in the liturgy, renewal of Eucharistic devotion, and spiritual transformation.