Two California bishops played key roles in Sacred Liturgy Conference

Bishop Robert Vasa of Santa Rosa and San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone served as 'conference faculty' at event during which Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample proclaimed, “Every priest and seminarian should learn the extraordinary form of the Mass”

Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample received loud applause and cheers when he proclaimed, “Every priest and seminarian should learn the extraordinary form of the Mass.” More than 400 people from around the country descended on Sacred Heart Parish in Medford, Oregon for the 2017 Sacred Liturgy Conference, held July 12-15.  The number of attendees far exceeded that of previous … [Read more...]

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San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone revamps liturgy institute

Benedict XVI Institute will be reimagined as center for promoting Catholic culture, including art, music, architecture and literature

The board of directors of the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship has decided to revamp the organization to broaden its focus beyond forming ministers of sacred music and liturgy and to “reclaim the Catholic imagination,” especially through literature. The institute will be reimagined “as a center for promoting Catholic culture,” continuing its emphasis … [Read more...]

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Two California bishops take prisoners’ petitions to Lourdes

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and Oakland Bishop Michael Barber placed intentions of San Quentin inmates against the stones of the grotto

A pilgrimage to Lourdes is outside the bounds of possibility right now for the men imprisoned at San Quentin State Prison, but two Bay Area bishops brought their intentions and placed them before Our Lady at the grotto at Lourdes earlier this month. Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone and Oakland Bishop Michael Barber placed the pieces of paper with the prisoners’ intentions … [Read more...]

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Archbishop blesses San Francisco’s tallest building

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone invited to bless 61-story Salesforce Tower

In a remarkable event for the increasingly secular city of St. Francis, Salesforce founder and CEO Marc Benioff invited Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone and other religious leaders to bless the 61-story, Salesforce Tower, being touted as the city’s tallest building. “The invitation to offer this interfaith blessing speaks to the deep faith and commitment to philanthropy of … [Read more...]

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700 gather with Archbishop Cordileone for special immigration Mass

More than a dozen priests from parishes throughout the archdiocese took part in the bilingual Mass

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone celebrated a special immigration Mass before 700 congregants at St. Peter Church in the Mission District on March 11 in response to requests from community members for his pastoral presence during a time of uncertainty. More than a dozen priests from parishes throughout the archdiocese took part in the bilingual Mass honoring the dignity of … [Read more...]

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Dispute over seminary leadership led to order’s departure

Sulpicians decided to leave St. Patrick's Seminary without warning after board of trustees sought to negotiate a change in governance

The following comes from an October 25 Catholic San Francisco article by By Valerie Schmalz: After 118 years, the society of diocesan priests who have administered and taught at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University will withdraw completely from the seminary at the end of this academic year. The abrupt Oct. 21 announcement by the U.S. provincial of the Sulpicians Father … [Read more...]

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Sulpicians to leave St. Patrick’s Seminary

After 118 years, order will be withdrawing administrative and academic services at the end of academic year

The following comes from an October 22 Archdiocese of San Francisco press release:
 Yesterday the Archdiocese was informed by the Society of the Priests of St. Sulpice (Sulpicians) that, after 118 years, they will be withdrawing their administrative and academic services from the Seminary at the end of this academic year, June 30, 2017. We sincerely thank the Sulpicians … [Read more...]

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