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 Mother of God as Exemplary of the Deacon’s Three-fold Ministry
Homily – Mass of Ordination to the Diaconate May 20, 2017 Readings: Acts 10:37-43; Ps 96; Eph 4:1-7, 11-13; Jn 12:24-26  Introduction As we progress through this Easter season, we… Read More
Christ’s Resurrection: Our Restoration to God’s Original Order of Creation
Homily – Easter Vigil MassApril 15, 2017  IntroductionWe certainly just heard very many readings for our Mass tonight! Yes, it is quite  unusual, but then again, this is a very… Read More
Purity and Courage: the Double-Edged Sword that Pierces the Culture of Death
Homily for the Mass for the Walk for Life (2017) Memorial of St. Agnes  Introduction Earlier this morning in Rome Mass was celebrated in the Basilica of St. Agnes in … Read More
Implementing ‘Amoris Laetitia’
The apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” is the longest document of its kind; Pope Francis says that he “does not recommend a rushed reading,” and that “the greatest benefit … will… Read More
‘Amoris Laetitia’ V: ‘Why Male and Female’
In these articles reviewing Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris Laetitia,” I have made reference to the relativistic culture in which we live, which tells us, in effect, that we create… Read More
‘Amoris Laetitia’ IV: Christian marriage and divorce
Pope Francis in “Amoris Laetitia,” as well as in both of the recent Synods on the Family, discussed at length a difficult reality of modern life: divorce and remarriage. Since… Read More
‘Amoris Laetitia’ III: Responsible parenthood
In “Amoris Laetitia,” Pope Francis notes the difficulties as well as the joys facing couples and families today. In this article I would like to address one of the most… Read More
‘Amoris Laetitia’ II: Christian marriage
In my first reflection on “Amoris Laetitia” (the Joy of Love), I wrote of our Christian understanding of human nature, that we are made for love – to love and… Read More

Letters and Statements from the Archbishop

Articles from the Archbishop

Memos from the Archbishop

Videos 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.

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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.