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.

In prison, everywhere – the Eucharist brings freedom and mercy
“Eucharist.” “Thanksgiving.” As Catholics, every day is to be a “thanksgiving” for us who worship our Eucharistic Lord and are conformed to Him in our reception of Him. This “thanksgiving”… Read More
The Catholic Church Must Be Allowed to Serve the Victims of Gender Ideology
This past August, Pope Francis traveled to a church in Rome that has opened a shelter for homeless transgender-identifying people. “No one should encounter injustice or be thrown away, everyone… Read More
Letter to the Faithful: Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone responds to passage of Proposition 1
I wanted to take this moment to express my deepest appreciation for all your efforts in raising awareness about the evils of Proposition 1, which amends the California constitution by… Read More
Rosary for Peace on Election Day with Archbishop Cordileone
Join Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, for a Rosary for Peace. 
With Mary’s guidance, Our Lady of Loretto pastor seeks to be servant of the parish
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone officially installed Father Tony Vallecillo as pastor of Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church in Novato on Sunday, Oct. 30. Father Vallecillo has led the parish… Read More
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone statement on the attack of Mr. Paul Pelosi
On Friday, October 28, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone responded to the attack on Mr. Paul Pelosi, on Twitter saying, “Please join me in praying for the swift recovery of Paul… Read More
Bishops call for “radical solidarity,” promoting the welfare of women and families
On Oct. 26, USCCB Bishop Chairmen, including Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, signed and sent the following letter to Congress urging action on policies to stand in radical solidarity with women,… Read More
Closing Mass Homily for the Monterey Marian Eucharistic Conference
In the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, in a beautiful, ornate side chapel known as the “Borghese Chapel,” there hangs an icon of our Blessed Mother that is… 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.