We don’t just have a mission – we are a mission

Our mission

While our local Catholic Church certainly has an institutional face – seen in our many charitable organizations, parishes, schools, hospitals, and other good works – it is first and foremost a 450,000-member family of believers.

Our shared mission is to facilitate and cultivate an encounter with the person of Jesus Christ and His Church. Through our works of charity, preaching the Gospel, standing up for human dignity, prayer, and worship, we share His presence with our neighbors today.

“Where others are drawn by gold, you must carry the cross.”

—Pope Pius IX to Most Rev. Joseph Alemany, first Archbishop of San Francisco (1853-1884)

The story of the Catholic Church in San Francisco is our story. It began with Franciscan missionaries from Spain. In a fitting paradox, this Gold Rush boomtown was placed under the patronage of the poverello from Assisi who set aside earthly power and riches in order to radically embody the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

One in faith

Ethnic Ministries

The Archdiocese of San Francisco’s Ethnic Ministry department encounters today’s disciples in faith communities representing more than 20 different ethnic groups. It helps sustain each Catholic community’s unique cultural and traditional expressions of faith while offering a sense of unity with all Catholics in the archdiocese.

Hope for the human family

Office of Human Life & Dignity

The Catholic tradition teaches that human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met. Therefore, every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency. Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities–to one another, to our families, and to the larger society.

The Office of Human Life & Dignity collaborates with parishes, ministries, and other social justice and interfaith organizations to address and support the seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching. 

Living charity

St. Anthony’s Dining Room

In San Francisco, one in five adults lacks the resources to provide food for themselves or their families. In the Tenderloin district, that number is as high as one in two. At St. Anthony’s Dining Room, we help to offset this lack of basic sustenance by serving over 1,000 hot meals each day.

Our story continues

You’re invited to take part in the Church’s story today. Under the banner of Catholic SF, our archdiocesan communications team covers breaking news and current events digitally and delivers a glossy magazine 6-8 times a year with inspiring stories and educational content to nourish your faith.

To connect with the larger Catholic community, sign up for our weekly newsletter, follow us on social media, or reach out to one of our ministries.

Stay connected

You’re invited to take part in the Church’s story today. Under the banner of Catholic SF, our archdiocesan communications team covers breaking news and current events digitally and delivers a glossy magazine 6-8 times a year with inspiring stories and educational content to nourish your faith.

To connect with the larger Catholic community, sign up for our weekly newsletter here, follow us on social media, or reach out to one of our ministries.

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