Our Archbishop

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 homilies, op-eds, statements, memos, and more.

“The Path to the Father’s House Traced for Us by the Saints and Sages Through the Ages”
It was in the 1940’s that George Orwell wrote his dystopian and then-futuristic novel “1984.”  It used to be standard reading in the high school curriculum. 
St. Mary’s turns 50
In the lifespan of an average person, 50 years would be well along life’s journey, but still well within what we call “middle age.” At this age, those who live… Read More
“Translating God’s Mercy into Compassionate Love to Civilize, Heal and Save”
It was this Second Sunday of Easter twenty-two years ago that Pope St. John Paul II declared this Sunday to be “Divine Mercy Sunday”: “this Second Sunday of Easter …… Read More
“The Easter Journey from Darkness to Light”
“On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark”. All for Gospel accounts of the discovery… Read More
“The Easter Journey from Darkness to Light”
The liturgy of the Easter Vigil which we celebrate tonight is characterized by a journey from darkness to light – and rightfully so, for this is the essence of the… Read More
“Our Lord’s Synonymous Last Commandment and the Pathway to Heaven”
The world seems plagued by crises these days, and the Church, too: the devastating war in Ukraine causing horrendous and senseless suffering; the ongoing effects of the waning pandemic, which… Read More
Why I signed the open letter to Germany’s bishops
“The individual bishops as . . . member[s] of the episcopal college and legitimate successor[s] of the apostles, [are] obliged by Christ’s institution and command to be solicitous for the… Read More
In an age of rapid global communication, events in one nation inevitably impact ecclesial life elsewhere. Thus the “Synodal Path” process, as currently pursued by Catholics in Germany, has implications… 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.