Protecting God’s Children

Ministry of Protection: Mission Statement

The Office for the Protection of Children & 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 the Diocese of San Jose for the purpose of preventing harm.

To report suspected child or elderly abuse in your parish, school or in the Diocese of San Jose, please follow the instructions on our “ethical reporter” page for instructions on how to file a formal report with authorities. For all other concerns or inquires, please contact the Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (OPCVA) at 408-983-0113. Please feel free to contact us via email as well at protection@dsj.org

Announcement: In anticipation of our holiday season events, this is a friendly reminder to please schedule your Safe Environment trainings as soon as possible for your volunteers.  We want to help ensure that everyone can participate in the holiday fun! Thank you, OPCVA.

Safe Environment “Live Training” Workshop Schedule:

March 2015
March 28 @ 10am – St. Julie Parish: Adult Volunteer Training
March 29 @ 4pm – St. Clare Parish: Teen Leadership Training & CSEC
March 30 @ 7pm – St. Lucy: Teen Leadership Training & CSEC

April 2015
April 8 @ 7pm – St. Catherine: Teen Leadership Training & CSEC
April 9 @ 7pm – St. Catherine: Teen Leadership Training & CSEC
April 15 @ 3:30 – St. Catherine: Elementary & Middle School CSEC
April 17 @ N/A – Santa Clara Child Abuse Symposium
April 18 @ 9am – St. Catherine: Elementary CSEC
April 18 @ 3:30pm – St. Lawrence: Middle School Csec
April 19 @ 8:30am – St. Catherine: Elementary CSEC
April 19 @ 10:30am – St. Nicholas/St. Williams: Elementary CSEC
April 20 @ 6pm – St. Nicholas/St. Williams: Teen Leadership Training & CSEC
April 23 @ 4pm – St. Cyprian: Elementary CSEC
April 25 @ TBD – Our Lady of LaVange: CSEC
April 26 @ 10am – St. Cyprian: Elementary CSEC
April 29 @ 1pm – St. Simon School: Emotions Workshop (Middle School)
Schedule last updated: 3/27/2015

*CSEC stands for Catholic Safe Environment Curriculum

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

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

Contact Information:

Anthony D. Gonzalez, Director, OPCVA
Direct Phone: (408) 983 – 0113
Hotline: (408) 983 – 0141
Fax: (408) 983 – 0147

Linda Tully, Office Manager
Direct Phone: (408) 983-0144
Fax: (408) 983-0242

Katy Meister, Safe Environment Coordinator

Griselda Cervantez, Victim Assistance Coordinator