Rev. Richard Creason, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, will receive the St. John Paul XXIII Award, June 26, from the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests. In 2011, Creason was one of the founders of the AUSCP -- now the largest association of its kind in the United States, with about 1,200 priest members and 175 friends.
Creason is known in the St. Louis are as a leader in Social Justice and service to others. The majority of his years of ministry were in the city, witnessing to the love of God among those suffering from poverty and racial prejudice. He served Most Holy Trinity Parish from 1995 until health issues forced his retirement in 2016.
As a founder and member of the AUSCP, Creason values the association's sense of collegiality, its commitment to solidarity with the poor, and the struggle to empower the people.
Creason is one of two recipients of the St. John XXIII Award. He will share honors with Sister Norma Pimentel, MJ, Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley. Sister Pimentel is one of three keynote speakers at the AUSCP assembly, June 24-27, at the St. Louis Airport Marriott.
Also giving keynote addresses are Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago and theologian, Dr. Richard Gaillardetz. Archbishop Richard Carlson will preside at Mass with assembly participants.
AUSCP members will be asked to affirm two documents, one on eradicating clericalism in the Catholic Church, and the other on the Status of Women in the Church.
Details of the assembly and a schedule of events are available at the website: http://www.uscatholicpriests.org