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.

Prayer essential in battle for life
On a beautiful Friday evening in January, while the city of San Francisco was abuzz with weekends beginning, groups of young Catholics and Walk for Life pilgrims joyfully headed to… Read More
Walk for Life West Coast draws more than 15,000 pro-lifers
Focusing on the impending U.S. Supreme Court case which may finally overturn the notorious Roe v. Wade decision, an estimated 15,000-20,000 pro-lifers from as far away as Oregon, Idaho and… Read More
“True Wisdom and the Secret to Building a Culture of Life”
There is an old saying, a question really, that is a sort of a self-assessment of faith, a way of gauging where one is at in terms of walking with… Read More
The Importance of Prayer in Fostering Dialogue for Christian Unity: A Conversation with Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone and Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco.
Following Solemn Vespers for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone and Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Gerasimos discuss the importance of prayer in fostering dialogue for Christian… Read More
“The Blessedness of the Mother of God Is the Blessedness of the Disciple”
During these weeks of January the Church has us continue to savor the Christmas mysteries.  Indeed, wondrous mysteries continue to unfold before us as we make our pilgrimage to the… Read More
CatholicVote announces 2021 Top 10 Courage Awards: names Archbishops Cordileone, Gomez
Here’s how Catholic Vote begins its post: “Today more than ever we need courageous leaders; men and women who stand up in the face of the extraordinary pressures we all… Read More
“Tonight God Reveals to Us the Secret to Seeing Him”
The city of Rome is famous for its seven hills. One of them, the Palatine Hill, was known in ancient Rome as the neighborhood of the upper crust of society:… Read More
Archbishop: Jesus comes to us in simplicity and humility – at the first Christmas and today
A glance back at Christmas one year ago, and a careful scrutiny of where we are now in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic – this is the atmosphere in which… 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.