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Chaplain's Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO)

CREDO SE Mission: To provide a program of retreats enabling military members and their families throughout Navy Region Southeast to develop personal and spiritual resources in order to be more successful at meeting the unique challenges of miltary life.

History: CREDO began in 1971 as "Chaplain's Response to the Emerging Drug Order" to confront the use of drugs by Sailors and Marines. CREDO evolved into a retreat ministry that is applicable to a broad spectrum of people seeking personal and spiritual development. The name became the Chaplain's Religious Enrichment Development Operation.

Philosophy: Our program is distinctly spiritual and builds trust by facilitating an experience of unconditional acceptance resulting in a heightened sense of personal responsibility, and a deeper commitment to community.  Individuals are encouraged to share only that with which they feel comfortable. They define their goals, and move at their pace. CREDO invites reflection, but does not attempt to "fix" people or "force" anyone to work on perceived issues. Instead, we affirm each person as a unique creation of God with value and significance.

Eligibility: CREDO retreats are open to all Active Duty military, reserves, retirees, DOD employees, and their families at no cost to themselves or their commands.

P. O. Box 6 Bldg 751 Birmingham Ave Suite 4
Jacksonville, FL 32212-5000
Comm.: (904) 542-3923
Fax: (904) 542-1223
DSN: 942-3923

Office email:

Spiritual Fitness Division Southeast

Welcome to Spiritual Fitness Division Southeast

We are committed to the wellness of the whole person. Whether the programs under our care impart education, information, internal or interpersonal opportunities, their foundation has a spiritual focus. Our goal is to develop people become better equipped to be productive citizens and operationally enhanced service members as they engage, integrate, and strengthen themselves through our programs..

About CREDO Southeast

CREDO, a branch of Spiritual Fitness Division SE, conducts retreats that take advantage of the natural beauty and serenity of each area. Our retreats are ideal for getting away from the hectic pace of work and the routines of home life for reflection and growth. From the very beginning, you will sense the weekend provides an experience which improves your quality of life.

Who Can Attend?

  • Active Duty
  • Reservists
  • Retirees
  • DOD/DON civilians
  • Family members who hold an ID card

Marriage Growth

Marriage Enrichment Retreat - Begins on Friday evening and ends with lunch on Sunday. The setting is designed to enhance and support the ability of a couple to get away from the distractions of everyday life in order to improve their marriage relationship. Activities are designed to increase a couple's ability to understand one another better and communicate on a more intimate level. Private rooms and bathrooms are provided, along with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All free of charge.

Marriage Enrichment Retreats (MER) are conducted in several locations throughout the Southeast Region to include: Islamorada, FL; Mobile, AL; Orange Beach, AL; Panama City Beach, FL; Memphis, TN; Baton Rouge, LA; Charleston, SC; Corpus Christi, TX; Puerto Rico and GITMO.

A Personal Growth Retreat is encouraged prior to the retreat if possible. If not, then sometime afterward.

Couples discover ways to:

  • Better handle inevitable conflicts.
  • Understand how they interact with their spouse.
  • Build intimacy and communication.
  • Become closer by strengthening the emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of their marriage.
  • Take time to have fun with one other.

Who should attend? Couples seeking greater satisfaction, closeness, and genuineness in their marriage.

Personal Growth

Personal Growth Retreats (PGR): begin on a Thursday at 5 p.m. and end on Sunday at 3 p.m. (72hrs).

PGRs increase participants’ knowledge of themselves and others. Participants clarify the changes they desire in their lives by interacting with others in a trusting and accepting environment. Opportunity to receive honest feedback promotes understanding of self and one's affect on others, thus providing exploration for ways toward positive change.

A PGR is a great way to "defrag" from the stresses of daily life and reflect on the things that are really important. Afterwards CREDO staff provide follow-up groups for continued growth opportunities.

Who should attend? Anyone wanting more out of their life, their job, or their faith.

Call or visit the Web site for more information or to see schedule of upcoming retreat dates and locations for Marriage Enrichment Retreats and Personal Growth Retreats.

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