By Liz Sullivan
As the Diocese of San José looks to engage in more ways to support victims/survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse and their families, a Mass of Healing and Reconciliation will be held on October 21 at 7 p.m. at Saint Martin of Tours Church. All are welcome to attend and join in prayer.
Bishop Oscar Cantú will be the celebrant.
This will be an annual Mass sponsored by the Diocese’s Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (OPCVA). Another Mass of Healing and Reconciliation is expected to be held in Spring of 2020.
“We look forward to joining in prayer with our Catholic brothers and sisters, as we gather to reconcile our Church’s past transgressions against the innocent, and to support victim/survivors and their families, in asking the Lord to heal those who have been affected by clergy abuse,” said Anthony Gonzalez, Director for the Office of the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults.
The Diocese strictly adheres to a zero-tolerance policy and promptly notifies law enforcement and child protective services, in accordance with mandated reporter laws, when abuse is reported. The Diocese cooperates with law enforcement during any necessary investigation.
These efforts are led by the Diocesan Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults. For more information, visit www.dsj.org/protecting-gods-children/reporting-abuse-misconduct.
Victims are encouraged to report to local law enforcement. Reports to the diocese are accepted either online or by phone. For online submission, please use the following link to access the secure third-party reporting server designated for this purpose:
https://opcva.ethicspoint.com or contact the toll-free 24-hour reporting hotline at (844) 372-1691. All reports are confidential to protect the rights of the victim.