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.

Adult Safe Environment training workshop:

November 22nd – 8:15 p.m., at Saint Elizabeth Parish.

The following is the schedule of live Safe Environment Coordinator Training workshops
for the Month of November 2014:

November 2nd – St. Lucy, CSEC*  elementary
November 2nd – St. Anthony, Teen Leadership and CSEC for high school
Novemer 3rd – St. Victor, Teen Leadership and CSEC for high school
November 5th – Our Lady of Peace, CSEC elementary
November 5th – St Francis Cabrini, CSEC elementary
November 6th – St. Simon, parent education, bullying
November 8th – Our Lady of Peace, CSEC elementary and middle school
November 9th – Holy Korean Martyrs, CSEC elementary, middle school, Teen Leadership and CSEC high school, And adult volunteer training
November 12th – St. Francis Cabrini, CSEC middle school and Teen Leadership/CSEC high school
November 15th – St. Elizabeth, Teen Leadership and Adult Volunteer Training
November 16th – St. Athanatius, CSEC elementary and middle school
November 16th – St. Nicholas/William, Teen Leadership and CSEC high school
November 17th – St. Lawrence School CSEC K-8th
November 17th – St. Nicholas/William, CSEC middle school
November 18th – St. Martin of Tours, CSEC elementary
November 20th – St. Martin of Tours, CSEC middle school
November 22nd – St. Leo, CSEC elementary
November 22nd – St. Elizabeth, Teen Leadership and Adult Volunteer Training
Novemer 23rd – St. Clare, CSEC elementary and middle school
Novemer 23rd – St. Athanasius, CSEC middle school and Teen Leadership/CSEC high school
November 24th – Resurrection, CSEC elementary and middle school

*“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