Protecting God’s Children

The Mission of the Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults

The Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (OPCVA) is committed to fostering healthy relationship by means of educating, training, and screening all adults who have regular access to children, youth and vulnerable adults within our Diocese of San Jose for the purpose of preventing harm.

If you suspect abuse in your parish, school or in the Diocese of San Jose, please contact: Child Protective Services (408-299-2071) Call 911 or Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults at 408.983.0113 or email protection@dsj.org

For information on how to Protect God’s Children attend the Safe Environment Workshop on:
• Feb 19, 2014, 7 pm at the Chancery Bldg.  (Spanish)

To take a Safe Environment training course online, please go to www.shieldthevulnerable.org.

Letter From Bishop Patrick J. McGrath:

Dear Friends,

I write to you who are survivors of sexual abuse by clergy or any other employee or volunteer in the Church.  I write to apologize for the pain and humiliation that you have wrongfully suffered, and to assure you that we cannot and will not lessen our efforts to address past abuse and to prevent abuse now and in the future.

In June of 2002, when I joined with the bishops of the United States in adopting the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, we pledged to do everything we could to ensure that all children entrusted to our care would be kept safe.  We have reaffirmed this commitment as recently as June 2012.

We continue to address the horror of sexual abuse of children, young people and vulnerable adults in our efforts to provide a “safe environment” in which all are protected and safe.  We do so in screening, education and in the training that we offer to our employees, volunteers and parents and to all of the young who participate in our schools and religious education programs.  No one should ever have their trust betrayed by the very ones whose responsibility it is to protect them.

We are also committed to offering support to you in the hope that this may lead to healing.  If there is any way that you believe that we can assist you, please contact the director of the Office for the Protection of Children at 408-983-0113.

With every best wish and kind regard, I remain,

Sincerely yours,

Patrick J. McGrath
Bishop of San Jose

Contacts

To be Announced
Director
Phone: (408) 983 – 0113
Hotline: (408) 983 – 0141
Fax: (408) 983 – 0147


Linda Tully

Office Manager
Phone (408) 983-0144
Fax: (408) 983-0242

Griselda Cervantez
Victim Assistance Coordinator
Email: protection@dsj.org

Katy Meister
Safe Environment Coordinator
Email: kmeister@dsj.org