(Jonestown, MS) Encouraging news for people in the small Mississippi community of Jonestown.
Sister Teresa Shields the Catholic nun brutally attacked in May is recovering and hopes to be back working in the Coahoma County town in August.
Sister Teresa has a 28 year legacy of service in Jonestown and recently sent an open letter to her friends there thanking them for their support and hoping to see them soon.
“I am grateful for the many cards and messages I have received,” she wrote.
Appie Phiillips read the letter from Sister Teresa Shields and is glad to share the good news with granddaughters Alexia and Paris.
The nun was stabbed several times May 12th and has been undergoing therapy for injuries to her right hand. She is now recovering in Seattle.
Appie Phillips is still upset by what happened to the nun.
“It was a shock…it was a shock. No one would have ever thought that someone would attack the nun. Because she’s just been a sweetheart,” Phillips said.
Sister Teresa has been a fixture in this Coahoma County town for 28 years.
She is director of the Jonestown Family Center, a place that has touched almost all the 1700 people living here, including 11-year old Alexia Phillips.
“She was sweet. intelligent and she always taught us how to be good and don’t be disrespectful,” she said.
Now there is a ray of hope that Sister Teresa will soon be returning to her work in the community.
Mayor Joe Phillips was excited to get the letter from Sister Teresa.
“I’m healing so well that by the time you see me in August you will hardly notice anything amiss,” the mayor said.
The Mayor is even more surprised to hear the nun will be returning in just a couple of months.
He said her impact on Jonestown’s younger generation has been immeasurable.
“Working hard with the children and making opportunity and possibility for them to succeed in life,” he said.
In a town where jobs are scarce and the economy has yet to rebound, Sister Teresa’s
letter is uplifting.
Especially one line: “I truly believe that we will be a stronger community because of this event.”
Michael Matthews is jailed on aggravated assault charges for the attack on Sister Teresa Shields.