Protecting God’s Children

Ministry of Protection: Mission Statement

We, the Church, have a responsibility to protect the most vulnerable among us from harm. Churches, schools, and youth organizations must ensure that children and vulnerable persons who worship, study, or participate in activities sponsored by a parish can do so in the safest and most secure setting possible.

The Diocese of San Jose’s Office for the Protection of Children & Vulnerable Adults (OPCVA) is committed to fostering a safe environment for our Catholic community. Our goal is to provide safeguards that not only protect the vulnerable, but also to serve as stewards for ministers and other volunteers by giving them clear standards to govern their activities in the name of the Church.

Safe Environment Training Requirements | Safe Environment Policies

Diocese of San Jose: Clergy Disclosure List | Report Abuse

Adult Safe Environment Online Training Option: Adult training is available, free of cost, as a “Live” presentation (availability listed below) or may be completed via our online program VIRTUS®. To take the Safe Environment training course online, please go to www.virtusonline.org.

November 2018

8th @ Our Lady of La Vang – SET* for Adult Volunteers (Spanish)

13th @ St. Mary (Gilroy) – SET* for Adult Volunteers (Spanish)

14th @ St. Lucy Parish – SET* for Adult Volunteers (Spanish)

29th @ St. Lucy Parish – SET* for Adult Volunteers (English)

December 2018

5th @ St. Francis of Assisi – SET* for Adult Volunteers (English)

11th @ Christ the King Parish – SET* for Adult Volunteers (Spanish)

13th @ Christ the King Parish – SET* for Adult Volunteers (English)

*SET = Safe Environment Training for Adult Volunteers

* Please Arrive Early

* No Minors Allowed- Please Arrange for Childcare

* Live Safe Environment Trainings are FREE

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


Office Contact Information:

24/7  Abuse & Misconduct Reporting Hotline: 844-372-1691

Anthony D. Gonzalez, Director
Direct Phone (408) 983 – 0113 | Office 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