Mystery Priest Identified

Last week we reported about a mystery priest who came to the rescue of a young woman trapped in a crushed car on Missouri Route 19. The identity of that priest is now known: it is Father Patrick Dowling of the Diocese of Jefferson City. Father Dowling was returning to Jefferson City after saying Mass for a sick priest in Ewing.

According to an article in the Jefferson City News Tribune, Dowling said: “I asked the sheriff’s permission and approached the scene of the accident. I absolved and anointed Katie, and, at her request, prayed that her leg would not hurt. Then I stepped aside to where some rescue personnel and the pilot were waiting, and prayed the rosary silently.”

Father Dowling said he left the scene once the helicopter was preparing to take off with Lentz to the hospital. Father Dowling said he was just one of many who helped Lentz. “I think there may have been angels there too and, in this context, I congratulate the fire team from New London and Hannibal, the Sheriff/deputies of Ralls County, the Highway Patrol personnel, the helicopter team, the nurses and all who worked so professionally.”

Click here for a video interview with Father Dowling conducted by ABC Good Morning America.



Posted: August 16, 2013

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