Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone gave a 15-minute homily at San Francisco’s Star of the Sea parish on Sunday, Aug. 29. The occasion was the opening of Stella Maris Academy, a classical Catholic school.

In his homily, Archbishop Cordileone stressed that Catholic education was not for training leaders. It is for forming missionary disciples, saints. “We hold out holiness as the Christian vocation of all students.”

Deep into the homily the archbishop said he saw Stella Maris as the beginning of a historical turning point in the archdiocese of San Francisco – a real renewal of the Church.

“I’m especially very thankful to you, Fr. Illo for your very hard work your tenacity. I know you’ve had to endure a lot – grief, hardship, even suffering.”