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 am pleased to offer a brief introduction to this revision of our diocesan Safe Environment Policy, which addresses the ways in which we – as Church – proactively work to insure the welfare of children, youth and vulnerable adults.

The safety of all of the children of God is a concern for each of us.  Whether we are lay, religious, clergy, volunteer or employee, we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.

In the Diocese of San Jose, we continue our commitment to the Charter of Dallas and to the values and principles put forward by that document.

I am grateful to Anthony Gonzalez and the Office for the Protection for Children and Vulnerable Adults, as well as to Justice Edward Panelli and the Diocesan Review Board for the work they have done on this restated Policy and for all of their efforts on behalf of the most vulnerable among us.

With every best wish and kind regard, I remain,

Sincerely yours,

Patrick J. McGrath
Bishop of San Jose

Updated: January 2017


Safe Environment: Training Information

Training Website:
The following training courses are required for adults who serve with youth and/or vulnerable adults. The online Shield the Vulnerable training Course 706: Protect Children is mandatory and must be renewed every three (3) years by both employees and volunteers. Volunteers who serve in home-bound ministries must take both courses (live training options are available as needed, please contact the OPCVA for additional information):
+ Course 706: Protect Children
+ Course 821: Protect Vulnerable Adults

Teen Leadership Training (TLT), for youth between the ages of 14 up to 17 years of age, must be completed either by attending a Live Teen Leadership Training or the online Shield the Vulnerable training Course 950: Teen Safety Overview for volunteer service eligibility and must renew training every 2 years to maintain eligibility:
+ Course 950: Teen Safety Overview

Live Training for 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

September 2017

9 @ 1 pm- St. Elizabeth Parish – SET for Adult Volunteers

13 @ 7 pm- St. Victor’s Parish- SET for Adult Volunteers

19 @ 6:30 pm- St. Nicholas Parish- SET for Adult Volunteers

26 @ 7 pm- St. John the Baptist Parish- SET for Adult Volunteers

30 @ 9 am- St. Athanasius – (Spanish) SET for Adult Volunteers

*SET = Safe Environment Training for Adult Volunteers


OPCVA Contact Information:

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

Griselda Cervantez, MSW
Victim Assistance Coordinator
& Prevention Advocate
Direct Phone: (408) 983-0225

Ly Helgeson
Safe Environment Coordinator
Direct Phone: (408) 983-0248