PHOTOS: Archbishop Cordileone offers Requiem Mass for homeless

Cordileone meets with homeless Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone meets with people experiencing homeless at St. Anthony’s Dining Hall in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood on November 6, 2021. | Dennis Callahan
Requiem Mass for the Homeless - Cordileone Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone offered a Requiem Mass on November 6, 2021, for the eternal repose of those who died on the streets and to demonstrate “profound respect for the equal dignity of every human life.” | Dennis Callahan
Cordileone Mass for the homeless Cordileone connected the experience of those who are homeless to that of Christ in the Eucharist, which is kept in a tabernacle, "that is, a tent,” he said, referring to it as a temporary shelter. | Dennis Callahan
Cordileone Mass for the Homeless "Those who live among us without a permanent home, then, provide us a powerful reminder that we are people on pilgrimage, that this is not our true home," said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone during a homily in a Requiem Mass for the homeless on November 6, 2021. | Dennis Callahan
Requiem Mass for the Homeless commissioned painting - Cordileone Worshippers gather in front of a new painting commissioned by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone entitled “Patron Saints of the Homeless," by Bernadette Carstensen. Attendees at the Requiem Mass for the homeless were given a printed copy of the painting as a keepsake. | Dennis Callahan
Litany to the Patron Saints of the Homeless - Cordileone Following a Requiem Mass for the homeless, worshippers gathered at the Cathedral Plaza in San Francisco where they chanted a new litany to the Patron Saints of the Homeless, written by Benedict XVI Institute poet-in-residence James Matthew Wilson. | Dennis Callahan
Cordileone visits with homeless 2 Following a Requiem Mass for the homeless on November 6, 2021, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone walked to St. Anthony’s Dining Hall to visit with people experiencing homelessness. | Dennis Callahan
St. Anthony's Dining Hall - Cordileone visit Many worshippers visited St. Anthony’s Dining Hall to share a meal with people experiencing homelessness after Archbishop Cordileone offered a Requiem Mass for the homeless in San Francisco. | Dennis Callahan

On Saturday, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone offered a Requiem Mass for the homeless at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Current and former city officials and civic leaders attended the Mass, alongside more than 400 worshippers and Catholic ministry leaders in the area.

"It was beautiful and it was holy," said Cordileone in a release. 

Cordileone offered the Mass for the repose of those who died on the streets and to demonstrate “profound respect for the equal dignity of every human life.” The Mass featured the music of Frank La Rocca, composer-in-residence of the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship. 

"The magnificent, sorrowful beauty of Frank La Rocca's music awoke in me a profound sensitivity to the suffering of the homeless people we pass every day and of our common humanity as beloved children of God," Cordileone said. 

Cordileone delivered the homily in which he spoke about the challenges the homeless face. He also connected their experience to that of Christ in the Eucharist, which is kept in a tabernacle, “that is, a tent,” he said, referring to it as a temporary shelter.

“Those who live among us without a permanent home, then, provide us a powerful reminder that we are people on pilgrimage, that this is not our true home; we are in movement toward our final destiny, our permanent home which lies beyond this world,” he said. 

Following the Mass, worshippers gathered at the Cathedral Plaza where they chanted a new litany to the Patron Saints of the Homeless, composed by James Matthew Wilson, poet-in-residence at the Benedict XVI Institute.

Cordileone and others then walked to St. Anthony’s Dining Hall where they shared a meal with people experiencing homelessness. 

“Every day the Franciscans, our team at St. Anthony’s, and our volunteers feed and care for our brothers and sisters in Christ who need us—creating a future where all people flourish,” said Nils Behnke, CEO of St. Anthony’s Foundation. “St. Anthony’s was honored to partner with the Archdiocese to provide hospitality for the Requiem Mass for the Homeless on our block.”

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