Most Reverend Salvatore J. 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 Transformative Power of the Encounter with Jesus Christ”
This thirtieth Cruzada Guadalupana we celebrate today adds even greater joy as it was this day 492 years ago that St. Juan Diego received the apparition of the Mother of… Read More
“Living God’s Design to Bring Christ’s Light into the World”
We are entering into a very enchanted season of the year, as we do every year at this time.  And it presents to us a choice: to allow ourselves to… Read More
Unjust Media Reports
Please see the video message below from Archbishop Cordileone in response to unjust media reports related to abuse allegations directed against priests who have already been cleared by the Independent… Read More
“Talitha Koum Calls Us to Be Evangelizers for the Eucharistic Revival”
It is a very good thing that we come together for this Faith Formation Conference, and renew ourselves in the work we carry out for our Lord and His Gospel… Read More
“The Road to Emmaus: the Paradigm for Pastoral Ministry to God’s People”
We thank God for the priestly witness of our predecessors buried here (and beyond), who nourished God’s people with the food of His Word and the grace of the sacraments,… Read More
Can a Catholic education shape the secular political world?
Dr. Michael Dauphinais of Ave Maria University speaks with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of the Archdiocese of San Francisco about the central pillars of a Catholic education, principles that lead to… Read More
“The Restoration of God’s Image By Repaying to God What Is God’s”
It is the covenant of marriage as God has created it that reflects His image and is the sign of the communion He seeks with us: a comprehensive, perfecting, eternal… Read More
“The Vocation of Catholic Health Care for the Spiritual Liberation of Those Held Captive”
Thank you for answering this holy call as a Catholic health care worker, healing mind and body with the selfless love of the Mother of God, with the compassion revealed… Read More

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.