Father Patrick Dowling Was ‘Mystery Priest’ Who Prayed With Car Crash Victim

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The identity of the priest who appeared and prayed with a Missouri car crash victim while emergency responders were trying to rescue her from her vehicle has been revealed. Father Patrick Dowling, of the Diocese of Jefferson City, anointed Katie Lentz, 19, at the scene of her accident before disappearing without a trace.

"I think it's a miracle," said New London Fire Chief Raymond Reed after the accident. "I would say whether it was an angel that was sent to us in the form of a priest or a priest that became our angel, I don't know. Either way, I'm good with it."

He added:

“A sense of calmness came over her, and it did us as well. I can’t be for certain how it was said, but myself and another firefighter, we very plainly heard that we should remain calm, that our tools would now work and that we would get her out of that vehicle.”

After reading an article about the crash, Dowling wrote in the comments section that he was the “mystery angel priest” that prayed with Lentz, The Huffington Post reported. He said that he approached the scene with the permission of the sheriff and that he "absolved and anointed Katie, and, at her request, prayed that her leg would not hurt."

This is part of what he had to say about the situation:

“You must remember, there were many people praying there, many, many people … and they were all praying obviously for healing and for her safety. I was probably part of the answer to their prayers, I came by and anointed and absolved, (but) I didn't say another word…”

Sources: The Huffington Post, National Catholic Register