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.

The Body-Soul Unity of the Human Person
The influence of gender ideology has become pervasive in contemporary society. As a result, many of the faithful and those who serve in our ministries have raised questions around the… Read More
“St. Francis of Assisi: The Quintessential Italian who shows us the way to happiness with God”
It has been said that St. Francis of Assisi is the saintliest of Italians, and the most Italian of saints.  Today’s feast day, which commemorates his receiving the stigmata –… Read More
“The Way of Love: From Accountability to Restoration to the Fullness of Life”
We in this church today are here, praying with you and for you, to say “thank you.” 
“The Deacon’s Sacred Duties in Care for Temporalities and in Evangelization”
Jesus Christ is the answer to what they are seeking, and the man of God must make Jesus Christ present to them, so that through seeing and knowing him, the… Read More
The Holy Eucharist: Source and Summit of Catholic Education
Through participation in the Mass, by visiting Jesus in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and by making the Eucharist the source and summit of all that they do, our Catholic… Read More
Letter to the Faithful from Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone on the Archdiocese of San Francisco’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to facilitate settlements with abuse survivors
I remain committed to the healing and care of survivors who have suffered irreversible harm because of the sins of the Church’s ministers and ask you to join me in… Read More
Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, shares important news in response to the lawsuits filed against the Archdiocese under California Assembly Bill 218 Child Sexual Abuse – Statute of Limitations.
Dear Friends in Christ: As many of you may know, Catholic dioceses in California have undergone two “open window” periods allowing individuals under civil law to bring claims for childhood… Read More
The Crisis of Fatherhood
As we turn to God to recognize the unfailing fatherly love we all need, let’s recommit to spiritual fatherhood within our families and in our communities. Let’s pledge to become… Read More
Archbishop Cordileone calls on faithful to pray Litany of the Sacred Heart Friday, June 16
Archbishop Cordileone is asking Catholics in the Archdiocese of San Francisco to pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Friday, June 16, the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of… Read More
“Belief in an Unbelieving Age: Eucharistic Faith and God’s Purpose for Us Here and Now”
For the power of the Eucharist, when celebrated reverently, beautifully, and with all of our best and all of the talent that God has given us to glorify Him, can… Read More
Homily on the occasion of the Holy Hour for the Church in Nicaragua and Bishop Alvarez
Thank you, brothers, and sisters, for being here tonight in this prayer vigil for the Church of Nicaragua and, in a particular way, for His Excellency Bishop Rolando Alvarez, still… Read More

Memos from the Archbishop

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.