Lent is a meaningful time to reflect on our lives and deepen our relationship with God as we prepare for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We seek to be reconciled with God and receive His love and healing grace as we work to purify our souls through prayer and penance.
As we walk our Lenten journey, our shepherd, Bishop Oscar Cantú, invites the community to join him in a special Mass of Healing and Reconciliation for victims/survivors of clergy sexual abuse on Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at Saint John Vianney Parish. Let us pray together for healing for those who have been affected by clergy abuse, and for all Catholics impacted in their faith by this tragedy. We encourage everyone to attend and join in prayer.
We want to take this opportunity to share with the community the following reminders:
- The Diocese of San Jose strictly adheres to a zero-tolerance policy and, in accordance with mandated reporter laws, promptly notifies law enforcement and child protective services when abuse is reported. The Diocese cooperates with law enforcement during any necessary investigation.
- The Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults of the Diocese of San Jose is dedicated exclusively to promoting a safe environment in all parishes and schools. For more information, visit www.dsj.org/protecting-gods-children/reporting-abuse-misconduct.
- Victims are encouraged to report abuse 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.