Vision Statement

Engaging and nurturing Missionary Discipleship through service and formation among our leaders in parishes and schools.

Evangelization Framework

In 2014, the Diocese began developing an Evangelization Framework with clergy and other leadership under the direction of Fr. Joseph Kim.  In late 2016, Bishop Patrick McGrath approved the Evangelization Framework.  In March 2017, Bishop McGrath appointed Paulist Father John Hurley as Vicar for Evangelization.  The offices under Pastoral Services would now be under the newly formed Department for Evangelization.

The Evangelization Framework is primarily overseen by the Faith Formation Commission, the Liturgical Commission and the Social Justice Commission.  The Commissions meet ordinarily on the third Thursday of the month except July, August and December.  The Vicar for Evangelization convenes all three commissions three times a year as the Evangelization Council on the third Thursday of March, June and November.  The Council ensures that all nine goals of the Evangelization Framework are being addressed.

The Faith Formation Commission oversees developing deep and personal relationships with Jesus Christ through formation opportunities in all offices in and associated with the department.   The three goals of this Commission are:  1. Ensure high quality and quantity faith formation programs; 2. Ensure high quality and quantity of faith formation leaders and, 3. Strengthen personal prayer life of Catholics in the diocese.

Guiding Principles:

Goal 1:  Focus on adults, incorporate families in the process, know the learners and use parish life as a curriculum for faith formation.

Goal 2: Leadership must be professionally trained, Leadership must know the cultures of the people in the parish and, Leadership gives priority to the formation of catechists

Goal 3:  Find out where adults, youth and children are, start small and build on it; Teach and provide opportunities for people to experience a variety of forms and expressions of prayer; Teach best practices for prayer; and, Engage learner and families with tools and resources for prayer.

The Liturgical Commission ensures that the Liturgy is the source and summit of Catholic lives and call to missionary discipleship. The Commission has two standing committees:  Art and Environment, and Catechumenate.  In addition to overseeing diocesan liturgical formation and guidelines, the Commission has three goals:  1. Ensuring more inspiriting homilies among clergy; 2. Ensuring higher quality and more engaging liturgical music; and 3. Engage parishioners more actively in liturgy.

Guiding Principles:

Goal 1: The homilist is called to interpret the lives of the people, including his own, through the lens of the Scripture and teaching of the Church so that they may be led to action and mission.  (Cf. Preaching the Mystery of Faith, Chapters 1 and 2; Fulfilled in Your Hearing, #52)

Goal 2: The primary music ministers of the liturgy are in the assembly, and the primary song of the liturgy is the music they sing.  (Cf. Sing to the Lord, #28, Liturgical Music Today, #63)

Goal 3: People participate when they feel they belong. (Cf. CSL, #7, #26; Constitution on the Church, #13; Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, #9)

The Social Justice Commission inspires and enables all in the diocese to know and practice Catholic Social Teaching and serve as witnesses in the community in responding to those in need.   The three goals are:  1. Develop high quality and increase encounter opportunities to serve those in need in Santa Clara County; 2. Increase parishioner participation in service; and, 3: Increase financial stewardship in support of missionary service.

Guiding Principles:

Goal 1.  Build bridges between faith and action; 2. Increase preparation, reflection and celebration of encounter opportunities; 3. Reach out to those who are present in our congregations and those who are not in providing these encounter opportunities.

Goal 2. Increase integration between faith and action; 2. Develop partnerships through communication, cooperation and collaboration; and, 3. Reach out to those who are present in our congregations and those who are not in with increased parishioner participation.

Goal 3. Focus on the Common Good through our common responsibility to God, Church and the World; 2. Solidarity and accompaniment is key to increasing financial stewardship; and, 3. forming partnerships for those in the Church and outside the Church increases investment opportunities for increased service to those in need.

California Catholic Ministry Conference

Caption:  Formerly known as the Santa Clara Faith Formation Conference, this long-time conference is sponsored by the Dioceses of Monterey and San Jose.  In fostering the ongoing collaboration with other California dioceses, the Core Team and Planning Committee membership is made of up of representatives from offices and ministries from the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Dioceses of Oakland, Stockton and Fresno.

(2019 Conference is set for December 5, 6, 7 at the San Jose Convention Center)
Website for CaCMC is still in production.

Offices and Ministries

The Department comprises seven offices staffed by directors and associate directors.  These directors and associates are supported by a team of coordinators assisting in administration, logistics, communications and reprographics.  Click to see ministries and offices.




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Department for Evangelization

Vicar for Evangelization
Rev. John E. Hurley, CSP
T. (408) 983-0182
E. john.hurley@dsj.org

Adriana Valenzuela, Administrative Assistant for Vicar for Evangelization Office
Email: evangelization [at] dsj.org

Offices within the Department for Evangelization:

Faith Formation Office

Robert Rodrigues, Director
T. (408) 983-0138
E. robert.rodrigues@dsj.org

 Family Life

Vacant, Director
T. (408) 983-0124
E. evangelization@dsj.org

Natural Family Planning
Dolores Moreno, CFCP
T. (408) 983-0209
E. dolores.moreno@dsj.org
Julie Linder, RN, CFCP
T. (408) 983-0130
E. julie.linder@dsj.org

Layette Ministry
Eileen McMahon
T. (408) 983-0124
E. adriana.valenzuela@dsj.org

Hispanic Apostolate Office

Lupita Vital, Director
T. (408) 983-0133
E. lupita.vital@dsj.org
Sandra Torres, Associate Director
T. (408) 983-0112
E. sandra.torres@dsj.org

Institute for Leadership in Ministry (ILM)

Irma G. Alarcón de Rangel, Director
T. (408) 983-0111
E. irma.g.alarconderangel@dsj.org

Liturgy Office

Christopher Wemp, Director
T. (408) 983-0136
E. christopher.wemp@dsj.org

Social Justice Ministry Office

Paul Miner, Director
T. (408) 983-0158
E. paul.miner@dsj.org

Restorative Justice
Sr. Maryann Cantlon
T. (408) 983-0131
E. maryann.cantlon@dsj.or

Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry

Steve Do, Director
T. (408) 983-0122
E. steve.do@dsj.org
Robbie Ocampo, Associate Director
T. (408) 983-0207
E. robert.ocampo@dsj.org

San Jose State Campus Ministry
Mary Gandeza, Associate Director
T. (408) 983-0291
E. maryemirine.gandeza@dsj.org



“Bishop Announces the Formation of the Department for Evangelization; Names Father John Hurley, CSP, as Vicar”
Valley Catholic, April 24, 2017

“‘Catholic on Purpose’ Launched in DSJ”
Valley Catholic, Nov. 5th, 2013


Diocese of San Jose:

Diocese of San Jose Evangelization Framework (rev. Fall 2015)

Diocese of San Jose White Paper on Evangelization (Spring 2015): EnglishSpanish, Vietnamese

Diocese of San Jose Pastoral Plan (rev. 2004)

Pastoral Team Evangeliation Event Archive (2015 – 2016)

USCCB Resources

Disciples Called to Witness: The New Evangelization

Parish Life

New Evangelization