The Archdiocese of San Francisco (Latin: Archdiœcesis Sancti Francisci; Spanish: Archidiócesis de San Francisco) is a Latin Church ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Catholic Church in the northern California region of the United States. It covers the City and County of San Francisco and the Counties of Marin and San Mateo.[1] The Archdiocese of San Francisco was canonically erected on July 29, 1853, by Pope Pius IX and its cathedral is the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption.

This archdiocese is the metropolitan see of a province which also has the dioceses of Honolulu (Hawaii), Las Vegas (Nevada), Reno (Nevada), Salt Lake City (Utah), Oakland (California), San Jose (California), Santa Rosa (California), Sacramento (California), and Stockton (California).

History

The first church in the Archdiocese of San Francisco is older than the Archdiocese itself; Mission San Francisco de Asís was founded on June 29, 1776 by Franciscan Friars. The mission church that stands today was completed in 1791 and attached next door is Mission Dolores Basilica, completed in 1918 to replace the previous red-brick church at the same site that was destroyed by the 1906 earthquake. The present building was elevated to the status of a Basilica in 1952. The Franciscans who founded the mission also are credited with naming the City and County of San Francisco, and the entire region, after their patron, Saint Francis of Assisi.[2][3]

On July 27, 2012, the Holy See announced that it had accepted the retirement of Archbishop George Hugh Niederauer and appointed Salvatore J. Cordileone as new archbishop of San Francisco. He was installed on October 4, 2012, the patronal Feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption.[4][5] He had previously been Bishop of Oakland, California.[6]

The See of San Francisco is administered by the Archbishop of San Francisco, who as metropolitan oversees the entire ecclesiastical province of San Francisco. Its suffragans include the Dioceses of Honolulu, Las Vegas, Oakland, Reno, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Jose, Santa Rosa, and Stockton.

San Francisco once included among its suffragans the now-Metropolitan Archdiocese of Agaña, Guam and the former dioceses of Grass Valley, Diocese of Los Angeles-San Diego, Monterey, Monterey-Fresno, and Diocese of Monterey-Los Angeles.

The Chancery Office (also known as the Pastoral Center) of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, originally located in 1853 at California and Dupont Streets, moved in 1891 to 1100 Franklin Street, in 1955 re-located to 445 Church Street, on the Mission Dolores Basilica property. The present headquarters, as of 2001 of the Archdiocese of San Francisco are located at One Peter Yorke Way, a short street in San Francisco named after Father Peter Yorke, an Irish-American Catholic priest. Peter Yorke Way and Starr King Way are off of Geary Street as it becomes Geary Boulevard.

From May to December 2019, the Archdiocese of San Francisco provided numerous documents to California State Attorney Xavier Becerra in preparation for a series of pending lawsuits which are expected to be filed after a new California law which will temporarily remove the statute of limitations goes into effect on January 1, 2020.[7][8] The Archdiocese of San Francisco is one of six Catholic dioceses throughout the state of California which is expected to be subpoenaed in the upcoming lawsuits.[7][8]

Bishops

The lists of archbishops, coadjutor archbishops, and auxiliary bishops and their terms of service, followed by other priests of this diocese who became bishops:

Archbishops of San Francisco

  1. Joseph Sadoc Alemany y Conill, O.P. (1853–1884)
  2. Patrick William Riordan (1884–1914; Coadjutor Archbishop 1883-1884)
    - George Thomas Montgomery, Coadjutor Archbishop (1902–1907), appointed Bishop of Monterrey-Los Angeles
  3. Edward Joseph Hanna (1915–1935)
  4. John Joseph Mitty (1935–1961; Coadjutor Archbishop 1932-1935)
  5. Joseph Thomas McGucken (1962–1977)
  6. John Raphael Quinn (1977–1995)
  7. William Joseph Levada (1995–2005), appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (elevated to Cardinal in 2006)
  8. George Hugh Niederauer (2006–2012)
  9. Salvatore Joseph Cordileone (2012–present)[9]

Auxiliary bishops

Other priests of this diocese who became bishops

Cathedrals

Churches

The Archdiocese of San Francisco includes the City and County of San Francisco and the Counties of Marin and San Mateo.[10] The archdiocese includes many historic churches including Mission San Francisco de Asís, the oldest building in San Francisco, and Saints Peter and Paul Church, known as the Italian cathedral of the West. A complete list of the churches of the archdiocese is found at List of churches in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Education

All full-time faculty, librarians, and counselors at Archbishop Riordan, Junipero Serra, Marin Catholic, and Sacred Heart Cathedral high schools are represented by The San Francisco Archdiocesan Federation of Teachers, Local 2240, a labor union affiliate of the California Federation of Teachers (AFT, AFL–CIO), and have a collective bargaining agreement with the Archdiocese of San Francisco. The CBA governs the terms of their employment.

Secondary schools

Marin County
San Francisco
San Mateo County

Closed schools

Seminaries

Recognized lay ecclesial movements

  • Fraternity of Communion and Liberation (CL). CL is an ecclesial association of Pontifical Right. Meetings are held weekly at St. Thomas More Church and the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Province of San Francisco

See List of the Catholic bishops of the United States
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The Metropolitan Ecclesiastical Province of San Francisco covers Northern California north of the Monterey Bay, as well as all of Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah. The Archbishop of San Francisco, who is ex officio metropolitan bishop of the Province of San Francisco, has limited oversight responsibilities for the dioceses of Honolulu, Las Vegas, Oakland, Reno, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Jose, Santa Rosa, and Stockton.

See also

References

External links

Media related to Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 37°47′08″N 122°25′27″W / 37.78556°N 122.42417°W / 37.78556; -122.42417