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Joe Holleman is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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From 2002: The Rev. Richard Creason spearheads a campaign to revitalize the neighborhood around his church, Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the Hyde Park neighborhood of north St. Louis. PHOTO BY KAREN ELSHOUT

A longtime priest in St. Louis will be honored here this week at a national religious convention.

The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests on Wednesday will present the Rev. Richard H. Creason with the St. John XXIII Award, the group's highest honor.

Creason has been an active leader in social justice issues over his years in STL, and was a key figure several years ago in introducing the area to "Mass Mobs," which encouraged Catholics to attend services at older urban churches.

Creason has served the St. Louis archdiocese for 49 years, but retired three years ago because of health issues. His last posting was as pastor of Most Holy Trinity Church in north St. Louis.

The awards presentation will be at a banquet, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, at the Marriott St. Louis Airport.

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