FAITH THROUGH GOOD WORKS....
FAITH THROUGH GOOD WORKS....
"Well done, my good and faithful servant..." Matthew 25:23
All Too Often, our law enforcement officers and firefighters lose their connections to faith and family. Many times due to the dark and negative interactions they face while in the performance of their duties everyday of their lives. Their eyes have witnessed the abuse of children, family violence, and the tragic toll of neighborhood deaths, which may sometimes include one of their own. The "Shields of Christ" are law enforcement officers and firefighters uniting and spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ among our brothers and sisters in the public safety community, and the community they serve daily, by providing specially formed retreats known as A.C.T.S. an acronym for Adoration, Community, Theology, and Service. "Shields of Christ" is a call to our law enforcement and firefighting communities to strengthen their faith and the manifestation of that faith, which will direct and protect them through their career and their personal life. The Shields of Christ - ACTS Retreat will provide opportunities to grow spiritually and renew a sense of purpose for what God has planned in our lives.
"Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God." Matthew 5:9
"The Lord has done great things for us." Psalms 126:3
The Shields of Christ are committed to continue to offer more Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters the opportunities to gain an understanding of God's Unending Love and true calling for their lives. Organized in 2005, the Shields of Christ has had over 500 participants from various agencies/departments from all over the state of Texas. Through the continual growth of the ministry, there are now two retreats a year for men and one retreat per year for women. The need is apparent and the continued commitment to share God's love with one another is the primary goal for the future. All law enforcement officers and fire fighters should have an opportunity to experience this retreat with their peers.
“Go Therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19
The shields of Christ Ministry was formed in 2005, and continues to serve Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, and Paramedics. The ministry is comprised of fellow brothers and sisters, currently serving and retired from law enforcement, firefighting, and municipal paramedics, who facilitate a unique weekend spiritual retreat. The Shields of Christ Retreats begin on a Thursday evening and last until Sunday morning ending with a special return Mass at the parish of the current director with a reception after the mass. The retreat integrates the spiritual retreat experience of A.C.T.S., which encompasses the tenements of Adoration, Community, Theology, and Service. The weekend provides an opportunity to grow spiritually with God and fellowship with each other. This retreat is a call to all public servants to strengthen their faith and experience the true unending unconditional love of God, which will guide and assist them throughout their career and personal lives. The retreat will provide each participant an opportunity to grow spiritually and provide a renewed sense of purpose in God’s plan for them. Fellow officers and firefighters both current and retired will facilitate the retreat under the guidance of a Spiritual Director.
SHIELDS OF CHRIST
Men's Retreat Directors
Gilbert De La Portilla
Miguel De Los Santos
Women's Retreat Directors
Yvonne Villarreal – Vann
Pat NavaJo Ann Smith