CREDO Program Offers Personal Growth Development Retreat

Story Number: NNS080812-13Release Date: 8/12/2008 3:12:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (AW) Chris Henry, Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy

NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Spiritual Fitness Division Europe (SFDE) at Naval Support Activity Naples (NSA) is offering a secular personal growth retreat that helps facilitate personal development Aug. 22-24 for active duty service members and dependents.

The 48-hour retreat is a free event and is held at the San Sosio Monastery in Falvaterra, Italy. Falvaterra is hidden in the Musoni mountains, 100 kilometers south of Rome.

Through group interaction and discussions, participants are able to identify issues and problems affecting them and learn skills to resolve these issues.

"The retreat creates an opportunity for self reflection on what people want in their lives," said Lt. Cmdr. Bruce Mentzer, a Navy chaplain. "People can see where they are and where they are going and make decisions about their lives."

The SFDE operates spiritual growth, marriage enrichment and family retreats through the Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO) program. CREDO is a Chief of Naval Operations initiative that offers retreats to foster personal growth.

"CREDO retreats are an investment the Navy makes in its biggest asset, Sailors," said Mentzer. "We help people gain insight into personal problems and how to make changes in their lives."

CREDO offers several retreats to help people develop personally, professionally and spiritually. Each year CREDO hosts family retreats, spiritual growth retreats for individuals to develop their religious beliefs and marriage retreats for couples to explore positive ways to keep their marriage growing.

"Through attending the marriage retreat my husband and I discovered our personalities are very different and how this can create problems," said Misty Romero, executive assistant at Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Naples. "We learned how to communicate more effectively and our marriage is stronger now."

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