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Higdon brings prayer breakfast to Bardstown

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Annual tradition kicks off legislative season for state senator

By Randy Patrick

State Sen. Jimmy Higdon brought his Mama Jo Nuckols Prayer Breakfast to Bardstown Saturday. The annual event, which is usually in or near his hometown of Lebanon, was hosted this year by Faith Worship Center on Bloomfield Road.

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It was the 17th time for the free breakfast and worship service.

“It’s a great way to start the year, to pray not only for our country, our state, our city and county,” Higdon said, but also for “our elected officials.”

The breakfast is named for a pastor who came up with the idea, Josephine Nuckols.

“‘Mama Jo’ was kind of a prayer warrior for me and a spiritual mentor, and she suggested that we have a prayer breakfast,” Higdon said. “It’s a great tradition. I’ve got people here from Marion County, Spencer County, Nelson County.”

There were only two local elected officials in attendance, Bardstown City Councilmen Roland Williams and Bill Sheckles.

About 45 people attended the event, which began with a hearty bacon-and-eggs breakfast, featured contemporary praise music, prayers and a homily by Brother Lee Watts, chaplain of the Kentucky General Assembly.

Higdon, who is Catholic and also belongs to his wife Jane’s interdenominational church, brings together people of different faith backgrounds, from charismatic to Catholic, for prayer and worship at the start of each legislative session.

“Prayer is all that gets me through sometimes,” he said.