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Religious Programs and Resources

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CREDO: Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation


Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO) is a program sponsored by the Navy Chief of Chaplains.  CREDO offers transformational retreat-based programs and non-retreat events designed to assist Sailors and their families in developing the spiritual resources and resiliency necessary to excel in the military environment. Since 1971, CREDO has offered spiritual, personal, and relational growth opportunities profoundly enhancing the lives and service of participants.  CREDO provides commanders with a key resource by which to care for and strengthen their Sailors and families.

Program Focus

The CREDO programs and personnel are operationally focused, family supportive, and flexible in the provision of ministry. CREDO programs are designed to:

  • Maximize operational impact
  • Offer standardized retreat and training programs
  • Clarify appropriate relationships for all Sailors.

CREDO retreats enhance the Navy core values of honor, courage, and commitment by developing Sailors and families who are trained in ethics, morally grounded, supportive of their families, spiritually ready, and sustained in their religious freedom and mission capability.

Retreats – CORE programs

Retreats address the special challenges faced by military families: separation, frequent relocation, and disconnection from extended family and traditional networks of support. Personal growth retreats seek to strengthen the wholeness of individuals by empowering them to seek a greater depth of understanding of themselves, their peers, and their environment. Each individual is challenged to recognize healthy, balanced and resilient behaviors in themselves and others. CREDO offers marriage retreats which strengthen marital relationships by teaching participants skills for improving communications and handling conflict constructively.

The results of these core programs are more resilient, balanced, and healthy Sailors and families. CREDO offers retreats at no cost to the participants. The program pays for accommodations in locations, such as hotels and retreat centers, which are conducive to relaxation and comfort so that participants can focus their attention and efforts on personal growth and marital and family enrichment.

CORE+ programs

Beyond retreats, CREDO Core + programs include suicide intervention training (ASIST, safeTALK), leadership training, and specialized workshops catered with command collaboration to meet specific needs and outcomes.

CORE+ programs address the same retreat topics offered covering marriage, family and personal growth, then expand to include pre-marital, healthy dating and communication to team building sessions utilizing Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) and other up and coming resources collaborating with subject matter experts, command chaplains and religious program specialists to offer the best care incorporating the spiritual and personal development needed for a path to success.

Location and Contact information

The Navy Region Mid-Atlantic CREDO program is operated out of two detachments located in Groton, CT and Norfolk, VA, respectively, providing CREDO support through command chaplains in the Hampton Roads, New England, New Jersey/Eastern Pennsylvania, and Great Lakes area.

Contact either office for registration information, or email CREDO_CNRMA.FCT@navy.mil

Naval Submarine Base New London
Gilmore Hall, Rm 103 – Building 84
Groton, CT

(860) 694-1144
DSN 694-1144 

Naval Station Norfolk
9591 Maryland Avenue - Building X-70
Norfolk, VA 23511

(757) 444-7654
DSN 564-7654 

To find your regional CREDO office outside of the Region Mid-Atlantic area, go to: http://www.navy.mil/local/chaplaincorps/CREDO-Map.html 

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