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 background screening for all adults who serve in positions with regular or on-going access to children and/or vulnerable adults, in our effort to help maintain 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 the Diocesan’sReporting Abuseweb page for guidance 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 Training Information:
Adult Training Online:
The following training courses are required for adults who serve with youth and/or vulnerable adults. Volunteers who serve in home-bound ministries must take both courses.
+ Course 706: Protect Children
+ Course 821: Protect Vulnerable Adults

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

December 2016
1    @   7:30pm – Sacred Heart Parish – Spanish Adult Safe Environment Live Training
4    @   9:00am – St. Simon Parish – Virtus CSEC
7    @   3:00pm – St. Victor Parish – Virtus CSEC
10  @  8:30am – St. Victor Parish – Virtus CSEC
12  @  7:00am – St. Frances Cabrini School – Virtus CSEC
13  @  7:00am – St. Frances Cabrini School – Virtus CSEC
14  @  3:00pm – St. Victor Parish – Virtus CSEC
14  @   7:00pm – St. Maria Goretti – Spanish Adult Safe Environment Live Training


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

OPCVA Contact Information:

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

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

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