See below past events & photos.
December 9, 2023
5:30am – 4:00pm
Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption
1111 Gough Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
The day begins at 5:00 a.m. at All Souls Catholic Church, with a blessing at 5:30 a.m. Departure from All Souls Church is at 6:00 a.m.
There will be 5 stops along the way with the pilgrimage ending at St. Mary’s Cathedral for Mass with Archbishop Cordileone at 2:00 p.m. and a reception following.
*Note: Transportation to All Soul will be available from St. Mary’s Cathedral parking lot leaving at 4:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. In the afternoon from the afternoon from the Cathedral to All Souls Church from: 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Parking at the Cathedral will be limited.
Video from 2020:
Thirty years ago, Pedro and Martha Garcia gathered with friends to plan a pilgrimage from South San Francisco to the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
“We wanted to let her know…that we love her and to really express [this love to her] by doing this pilgrimage,” said Pedro Garcia.
The first year, 80 people gathered at All Souls Catholic Church in South San Francisco to begin the journey, and as they walked to the cathedral, many others met them along the way. The pilgrimage has grown exponentially over the years, reaching more than 39,000 faithful in recent years.
When the Garcias approached then-Archbishop John R. Quinn, he was quick to give his consent telling them that he too was a Guadalupano. He was devoted to Our Lady of Guadalupe and even asked Rome to set the date of his episcopal consecration on Dec. 12 in honor of her.
Beginning at All Souls Catholic Church early in the morning, the pilgrimage travels to Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma for a quick stop and then continues to the cathedral. The pilgrimage is followed by devotions to Our Lady and Mass with the Archbishop. The many pilgrims who travel through the city carry intentions with them for friends and family who need prayers or in gratitude for prayers answered.
Last year, Archbishop Cordileone, in his Cruzada Guadalupana homily, delivered to more than 3,000 people at the cathedral, told those present:
“Of course, she always comes to walk with us. The reason we ask her to do so is not to get her to pay attention to us so that she will come and walk with us, but rather to open our hearts in welcome, so that we might be ready to receive her when she comes and we might walk by her side that we might be ready to welcome her Son with open arms and open hearts, He who comes to meet us, to save us and to take us to the house of His Father.”
This year, the Cruzada Guadalupana will take place on December 9, and will follow the same pilgrimage path—from All Souls to the cathedral, stopping briefly at Holy Cross Cemetery. Archbishop Cordileone will celebrate Mass at 2 p.m. at the cathedral, followed by a reception to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the pilgrimage. Website: www.cruzadaguadalupana.org
Videos from 2022:
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Biography: ARCHBISHOP SALVATORE J. CORDILEONE.
On July 27, 2012, he was appointed the Archbishop of San Francisco and was installed on October 4, 2012, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption.
As the new Metropolitan Archbishop of the Province of San Francisco, Archbishop Cordileone received the pallium from Pope Francis in Rome on June 29, 2013.
Archbishop Cordileone is a member of the Canonical Affairs and Church Governance Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; and a member on the Governing Board of the International Theological Institute. He recently became chairman-elect of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth and will serve one year in that role before beginning a three-year term as chairman at the conclusion of the bishops’ 2019 Fall General Assembly.
Archbishop Cordileone’s avocations include a life-long interest in jazz music. He also enjoys swimming, hiking and badminton, as well as spectator sports, especially professional baseball and football.