Sr. Mary Thaddeus Glass
I never considered myself a missionary working in Kentucky. When I look back some thirty plus years ago I realize how different it was then. There have been many positive changes but unfortunately the unemployment rate remains very high and it remains the second poorest county in Kentucky.
There are a few stories that will give you a taste of the wonderful people of South Eastern Kentucky.
A mother came into the clinic with her baby and said “Hits a goodun, hit never cries. It’s my least un and I have nary a thing to put on it”.
Another man I visited at home had an upper respiratory infection which he was treating with “yaller root and creek water”.
I want to assure you that not everyone was like above. We had our young people who became doctors, lawyers and engineers. Unfortunately, many did not come back to practice in Clay County.
After I retired and volunteered at the prison, I met many wonderful men there. One of the stories I could tell from there is how so many thanked God they were incarcerated. They realized they turned back to God and had the opportunity to turn their lives around.
I speak of a limited number of men I had close contact with. I saw all of the 1200 men at the Federal Correction Institute (FCI) and the 500 at the camp as men made in the image and likeness of God and all were courteous to me even if I did not know them.
I loved my work there and seen many positive changes though we remain No. 1 in unemployment and poverty.
They are trying.
Sr. Mary Thaddeus Glass, CIJ