'Missionary of mercy' priest to pay utilities for out of work miners

Posted at 5:32 AM, Jul 12, 2019

HARLAN, Ky. (LEX 18) — Father Jim Sichko, a papal missionary of mercy and local Catholic priest, has offered to pay utility bills for miners recently affected by the Black Jewel Mining bankruptcy.

Hundreds of people were affected and paychecks for the last pay period bounced.

"This has just devastated and destroyed us," coal miner Josh Holbrook told Mountain Top News. "We live paycheck to paycheck like most coal miners do."

Father Jim Sichko took to social media to inform those affected that he will pay for expenses. Sichko will be at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Harlan, Ky. on July 15 beginning at 10 a.m.

You must bring a pay stub and identification.