It’s still not too late to participate in September spiritual retreat

Houston police officers with a desire for spiritual growth at a San Antonio area retreat for first responders still have an opportunity to make plans to attend.

The retreat program is a non-denominational spiritual retreat tailored for police officers, firefighters and first responders in general.

The Shields of Christ retreat planned for Sept. 9-12 (second weekend of this month) is open to all Houston area first responders. Enrollment is limited to about 45-50, according to event coordinator, HPD Senior Police Officer Jesus Robles.

Robles said, “All you have to do is call me at 832-584-4671.” He always takes the lead as retreat recruiter. He said Commander Tommy Shelton of the Harris County SO heads up recruiting in the county.

Vanloads of officers, firefighters and other first responders will leave from two different locales on Thursday the ninth. Cost is $180 per person and includes three meals a day.

The Houston Police Officers Union, a long-time supporter of these retreats – held three times a year when there’s no pandemic – has donated $2,500 for scholarships, Robles said. There are two men’s retreats each year and one for women first responders. The latter retreat will be held Dec. 9-12.

Robles told the Badge & Gun there is no limit to the recruitment of participants. “All anyone has to do is call me,” he said. “We didn’t have the retreat last year because of the pandemic. In 2019, we had 50 participants and 25 of them were from HPD, Harris County SO and precincts all over the place.”

Robles said there likely will be as many counselors as participants, saying the ration is often 1:1. It will be held at the Sanctus Ranch Retreat Center, northwest of the Alamo City.