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.u003cbru003eu003cbru003eSince then, he has led the faithful of San Francisco with steadfast determination.
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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 u0022heart of a lion” from a literal translation of cor di leone.u003cbru003eu003cbru003eThe 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.u0022 (Luke 5:5)
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.u003cbru003eu003cbru003eSupport Archbishop Cordileone and his vision by funding special programs and initiatives
The Archbishop’s First Pastoral Letter
u003cemu003e“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”u003c/emu003e (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.u003cbru003e