WASHINGTON(USCCB) — Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of Oakland, Calif., 56, archbishop of San Francisco, and accepted the resignation of Archbishop George H. Niederauer, 76, from the pastoral governance of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
The appointment and resignation were publicized in Washington, July 27, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Salvatore Joseph Cordileone was born June 5, 1956, in San Diego. He studied at St. Francis Seminary, San Diego, and North American College and Gregorian University, Rome. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of San Diego on July 9, 1982 and pursued doctoral studies in canon law in Rome from 1985-1989. From 1985-1991, he served as an official of the Tribunal of the Diocese of San Diego. From 1989-1991, he served a secretary to the diocesan bishop, and from 1991-1995, he served as pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Calexico, California.
From 1995-2002, he served as an official of the Supreme Tribunal of the Signatura, Rome, the Church’s highest juridical body under the pope. In 1999, he was named a monsignor.
On July 5, 2002, Pope John Paul II appointed him auxiliary bishop of San Diego. He was ordained a bishop on August 21 of that year. On March 23, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him bishop of Oakland. Archbishop-designate Cordileone is currently chairman of the Subcommittee on the Promotion and Defense of Marriage of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), a post he has held since January 2011.
George Hugh Niederauer was born June 14, 1936, in Los Angeles. He studied at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, Calif., and The Catholic University of America in Washington. He earned advanced degrees in English literature from Loyola University of Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on April 30, 1962, and ordained bishop of Salt Lake City on Jan. 25, 1995. On Dec. 15, 2005, he was appointed archbishop of San Francisco.
The Archdiocese of San Francisco has 1,761,000 persons, with 432,163, or 25 percent, of them Catholic. It covers 1,012 square miles in southern California.