Protecting God’s Children

Ministry of Protection: Mission Statement

The Office for the Protection of Children & Vulnerable Adults (OPCVA) is committed to fostering healthy relationships within the Diocese of San Jose through awareness and interpersonal safety education for our children, as well as safety training and screening for all adults who have regular access to children and vulnerable adults in our effort to help ensure a safe environment for all.

To report suspected child or elderly abuse in your parish, school or in the Diocese of San Jose, please follow the instructions on our “Reporting Abuse” 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 at 408-983-0113. Please feel free to contact us via email as well at

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

Safe Environment “Live Training” Workshop Schedule for Youth, Teen Leaders & Adult Volunteers:

Adult Safe Environment Online Training Option: Adult training is available as a “Live” presentation (availability listed below) or may be completed via our online program Shield the Vulnerable. To take the Safe Environment training course online, please go to

July 2016
7   @   5:00pm – Santa Teresa Parish – CSEC / TLT
10 @   1:30pm – St. Lucy – CSEC / TLT

August 2016
13  @   8:00am – Most Holy Trinity – CSEC / TLT
29  @   7:00am – St. Francis High School – CSEC / TLT
30  @   7:00am – St. Francis High School – CSEC / TLT

September 2016

October 2016
30  @   10:00am – Holy Family – CSEC / TLT
31  @   6:00pm – St. Victor – CSEC / TLT

November 2016

December 2016
7    @   3:00pm – St. Victor Parish – CSEC / TLT
10  @  8:30am – St. Victor Parish – CSEC / TLT
12  @  7:00am – St. Frances Cabrini School – CSEC / TLT
13  @  7:00am – St. Frances Cabrini School – CSEC / TLT

*CSEC = Catholic Safe Environment Curriculum
*TLT = Teen Leadership Training

Adult Online Training Website:

OPCVA Contact Information:

Anthony D. Gonzalez, Director
Direct Phone: (408) 983 – 0113
Reporting Hotline: (408) 983 – 0141
Fax: (408) 983 – 0203

Ricky Ferrer, Safe Environment Coordinator
Direct Phone: (408) 983-0248

Griselda Cervantez, Victim Assistance Coordinator
Direct Phone: (408) 983-225