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:
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


March 2017
18 @  9:00am – St. Victor – Virtus CSEC
18@   12:30pm – Christ the King – Virtus CSEC
19 @   9:00am – St. Athanasius – Virtus CSEC
19 @   10:30am – Holy Family – Virtus CSEC
12 @   12:30pm – Sacred Heart of Jesus- Virtus CSEC
19 @   2:00pm – Holy Family – TLT
22 @  5:00pm – Church of Transfiguration – Virtus CSEC
23 @  12:24pm – St. Martin of Tours School – TLT

April 2017

May 2017

June 2017

July 2017


*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