With praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose and the families of John Hoang and Victor Trinidad invite you to the Ordination to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate through the laying on of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit by the Most Reverend Patrick J. McGrath, JCD Bishop of San Jose

November 3, 2018 10:00AM

Saint Victor Parish

3150 Sierra Road, San Jose

Reception immediately following in the Parish Hall


Mr. John Hoang
Fourth Year Theology
Mundelein Seminary, IL
St. Victor
Mr. Victor Trinidad
Fourth Year Theology
Mundelein Seminary, IL
St. Victor





Office of the Bishop           




September 13, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Recent revelations of the horrific and heartbreaking crime of the sexual abuse of minors by priests - and the systematic cover-up by bishops -  have fueled a crisis, unprecedented in modern times, in the Catholic Church. There is a need for reform; there is a need for transparency in the way the Church responds to allegations of the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults, even as we continue our efforts of preventing abuse and fostering a safe environment for all.

I and the entire Diocese of San Jose stand with the victims, survivors, and their families. We cannot defend priest-perpetrators and those bishops and others who enable or protect them. The only way that we can address the failed leadership of so many in the Catholic Church in the United States and around the world is for the Diocese of San Jose to do what we know is right and just.

I have begun a process of consultation with lay and priest leaders of the Diocese. This past week, I met with members of our independent Diocesan Review Board, chaired by the Honorable Edward A. Panelli, a retired Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. I have also met with the Diocesan Consultors, a group of priests who advise me. 

Together, we will chart a path forward for the Diocese of San Jose to provide a public accounting of what has already happened and to review and strengthen our efforts to protect minors and vulnerable adults. Here are the initial steps we are undertaking:
1) Listening Sessions - Over the next six weeks, I will hold three Listening Sessions throughout the Diocese. These meetings will focus on seeking input from people in the pews on the pathway to reform, listening to those who have been victimized by clerical sexual abuse either directly or in their families, and praying for God's grace to be our only guide. I invite you to be part of this effort by your presence or your prayers.
  • Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m., at Our Lady of the Rosary Hall in Palo Alto
  • Tuesday, October 2, 7 p.m., at Most Holy Trinity Parish in San Jose
  • Wednesday, October 17, 3 p.m., at Santa Teresa Parish in San Jose
2) Release of Names - By mid-October, we will release a list of the names and the status of every priest who has already been found to be credibly accused of abusing minors within the Diocese of San Jose. I hope that releasing these names will help the innocent victims, survivors and their families to take the next step on their journey to wholeness and that it will give others who have not spoken out the strength and trust to come forward.
3) Independent Examination of Allegations of Abuse of Minors and Vulnerable Adults - The Diocese of San Jose has arranged for former FBI Executive Assistant Director, Dr. Kathleen McChesney, and her firm, Kinsale Management Consulting, to oversee an in-depth independent review of all records of the Diocese pertaining to the sexual abuse of minors or vulnerable adults committed by any cleric appointed by the Diocesan Bishop to serve in the Diocese. This review of files will also seek to determine how diocesan leadership handled allegations of sexual abuse when they were received.  As a result of the examination, there may be additional offenders identified and their names will be released at the completion of this review. We have also asked Dr. McChesney to make recommendations as to how we can improve our processes for responding to survivors of abuse, preventing future abuse, and being accountable and more transparent for the actions of offenders and those who may have enabled or protected them.

The reforms that we must undertake at this moment must be based on the principles of the Dallas Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People that have produced positive change since 2002- an unswerving focus on protecting minors and vulnerable adults and a necessary voice for the laity in determining whether an allegation is true. Any genuine reform must forcefully integrate these principles in a framework of accountability that applies to bishops in their personal lives and administrative actions.

In this time of crisis in our Church, we must turn to the Lord in our prayer, and we must act justly.  Without both, our efforts will not succeed.  May God bless us all and lead us in this work.

With every best wish and kind regard, I remain,

Sincerely yours,
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Patrick J. McGrath
Bishop of San Jose

Statement of Bishop Patrick J. McGrath

Diocese of San Jose

The news this week of the historic sexual abuse of minors in six Pennsylvania dioceses is truly horrific.  Trust was first betrayed by these attacks on the innocent; however, the systematic cover-up and reassigning of these priests by their bishops and superiors is just as unforgivable.

As I have stated on many occasions, we – the Church and its ministers – must abide by a higher standard.  We are called to protect and keep safe children, the young and all vulnerable persons.   There can be no short-cuts, nothing that can excuse immoral and sinful acts. 

The Diocese of San Jose remains committed to protecting God’s children and to fostering the safest of environments in which to worship, learn and live.

I echo the bishops in Pennsylvania who have asked for forgiveness.  Yet we know that forgiveness does not absolve perpetrators of the consequences of these grave transgressions against the defenseless.

Finally, I ask you to pray for the victims and their families. I would also request that you pray for the vast majority of priests – present and past – who have been faithful in their ministry. They, too, grieve for the terrible stain of this sin that has harmed so many. 

May God bless you all.      


August 15, 2018


Pope Francis appoints Bishop Oscar Cantú as Coadjutor of the Diocese of San Jose

It was announced on July 11, 2018, that Pope Francis has named Bishop Oscar Cantú, currently Bishop of Las Cruces, New Mexico, as Coadjutor Bishop of San Jose. 

Most Reverend Oscar Cantú, S.T.D was born December 5, 1966, in Houston, TX, the son of Ramiro and Maria de Jesus Cantú, natives of small towns near Monterrey in Mexico. He is the fifth of eight children, five boys, and three girls. Bishop Cantú attended Holy Name Catholic School and St. Thomas High School in Houston, and he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dallas, TX. He received his Masters in Divinity and Masters in Theological Studies from the University of St. Thomas also in Houston. He attended the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome Italy where he earned his S.T.L. Licentiate in Sacred Theology, as well as his S.T.D., Doctorate in Sacred Theology in Dogmatic Theology. Bishop Cantú was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Houston in 1994.

He spent his priestly career working in parishes throughout the Houston metropolitan area. His first assignment was as parochial vicar at St. Christopher Parish. He also taught at the University of St. Thomas and at St. Mary’s Seminary. He also served as pastor at Holy Name Parish.

Bishop Cantú also participated in number of ministries and movements in Houston. He was involved in the Christian Family movement; conducted retreats with the youth of the CFM movement in the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese; and worked with the Engaged Encounter ministry. Bishop Cantú was also involved in The Metropolitan Organization (TMO) that addresses social issues in the community.

Bishop Cantú was ordained a bishop in 2008 and was appointed Titular Bishop of Dardano and Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio. In 2013, Bishop Cantú was appointed as second bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces, NM. He was installed as bishop on February 28, 2013, by Metropolitan Archbishop, Most Reverend Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe.

On July 11, 2018, it was announced by Most Reverend Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio, that Pope Francis had appointed Bishop Cantú as the Coadjutor Bishop of San Jose. He will become the third Bishop of San Jose upon the retirement of Bishop Patrick J. McGrath.

We warmly welcome Bishop Cantú and we look forward to working with him to build up the coming Kingdom of God in this small portion of the vineyard of the Lord. 

A Mass of Welcome to the Diocese of San Jose will be celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph on September 28, 2018.


Statement of Bishop Patrick J. McGrath
July 11, 2018

It was with great joy that I received news that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Oscar Cantú, currently Bishop of Las Cruces in New Mexico, as Coadjutor Bishop of San Jose.

I congratulate Bishop Cantú on his appointment and thank him for his willingness to come west. I look forward to collaborating with him in our ministry of service to the people of this local Church.

As we prepare to welcome Bishop Cantú to San Jose, I ask the people of this Diocese and all of our brothers and sisters in the Roman Catholic Church to join us in praying for Bishop Cantú.

I know that the new bishop will be eager to come to know the people of the parishes, schools and other institutions of the Diocese, and that he will be as impressed with the work of the clergy, religious and laity as I am.

We will celebrate the Mass of Welcome for Bishop Cantú at the Cathedral Basilica of
Saint Joseph on September 28, 2018.


What is the Society of Saint Joseph?

The Society of Saint Joseph is managed by the Catholic Community Foundation of Santa Clara County and provides a way for our Church to celebrate and recognize these extraordinary acts of stewardship.

How do I become a member?

Joining the Legacy Society requires two steps:

Step 1: Arrange for a planned or deferred gift to a local parish, a Catholic elementary school, the Diocese of San Jose, or any ministry of the Diocese (endowed or non-endowed).

Step 2: Let us know of your plans by submitting the Confidential Legacy Intention Form. Download the form from the Foundation’s website (cfoscc.org/societyofsaintjoseph) or ask your parish to print one.

 What types of gifts qualify?

Legacy gifts take many forms. Below are some of the most common gifts that people choose.

o Bequests through wills or living trusts

o Naming as beneficiary of retirement plans

o Naming as beneficiary of insurance policies

o Naming as beneficiary of financial accounts

Please give us a call to discuss other types of gifts that might interest you.


Can I direct my legacy gift to a specific fund?

As a donor, you can choose how you would like the beneficiary to receive your legacy gift by designating it either as endowed or nonendowed. 

NON-ENDOWED GIFT - You may choose to allow those who will lead our Church in future years to decide how best to use your gift taking in consideration the needs in their time. After your lifetime, one hundred percent of your gift will be transferred directly to the beneficiary.

ENDOWED GIFT - You may choose to direct your gift to an endowment fund which permanently supports the parish, Catholic organization or area of ministry that is important to you. After your lifetime, one hundred percent of your gift will be transferred to The Catholic Community Foundation of Santa Clara County who will prudently invest the principal of the fund and distribute between 3-5% of earnings annually to the beneficiary that you selected, in perpetuity.

Whether you choose to make a non-endowed gift, an endowed gift or a combination of both, we can provide you with easy bequest language that your advisor can use when drafting your will or trust.


One in a series of Priest Interviews

is with our pastor, Father Tito




All are welcome to attend the AL-ANON Family Group meetings that
gather here on Sunday evenings in the Yellow Room off the
Vestibule in our church. Newcomers please arrive by 7pm. The
regular meeting is from 7:30pm-8:30pm. Al-Anon is for those with
family or friends who are problem drinkers. This is a division of
Alcoholics Anonymous. The coordinator on Sunday evenings is Ed B.