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’s “Reporting Abuse” web 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Sunday, we are surrounded by people in our congregation who have personally experienced abuse. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in four girls and one in six boys will experience some form of sexual abuse before they turn 18. Child and sexual abuse have no limits: children and adolescents of all cultures and socio-economic backgrounds are equally susceptible.
The Diocese of San Jose- Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (OPCVA) reminds us that clergy, schools, volunteers, and parishioners all play important roles in preventing and responding to child abuse. Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month are a special invitation to look beyond what we already know and develop an increased mindfulness. As the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops tells us, “We are reminded of the call to be instruments of justice, working for the common good of all, which includes the protection of children. As Jesus entrusts to Peter the care of the flock, we are reminded that this responsibility belongs to everyone as a matter of charity and justice.”
To aid us in our journey through the month of April, the OPCVA has compiled the following list:
To share your personal journey in learning more about child abuse prevention and sexual assault, please contact the OPCVA at 408-983-0225 or email@example.com by May 15th, and your story may be featured in a future publication. See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father (MT 18:10).
Our parishes have a special role in educating the community about child abuse prevention and sexual assault awareness. This resource booklet includes homily helps, Bible verses, petitions, songs, bulletin blurbs and inserts, sample prayer services, and additional suggestions to help you with this important task. Link to resources.
Safe Environment Training Information:
Adult Training Online: www.shieldthevulnerable.org
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:
OPCVA Contact Information:
Anthony D. Gonzalez
Direct Phone: (408) 983 – 0113
Reporting Hotline: (408) 983 – 0141
Fax: (408) 983 – 0203
Victim Assistance Coordinator
Direct Phone: (408) 983-0225
Safe Environment Coordinator
Direct Phone: (408) 983-0248