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8/13/13 at 02:56 PM 0 Comments

Mystery priest revealed who appeared (and disappeared) from crash site

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Father Dowling

By Mark Ellis

When rescuers couldn’t free a teenage accident victim from her car, she requested prayer. Almost immediately a mysterious priest appeared out of nowhere, prayed, and disappeared almost as suddenly, which fed a growing urban legend he might be an angel.

Now the enigmatic priest has been revealed as Rev. Patrick Dowling of the Jefferson City Diocese in Missouri. While this heavenly hero has real flesh and bones, many still consider him a living guardian angel.

“Let’s remember it’s almighty God who loves that little girl so much,” Rev. Dowling told ABC’s Good Morning America.

Father Dowling was travelling Highway 19 between Mass assignments in northern and central Missouri when he arrived near the crash scene Aug. 4. “I was coming from 8:30 Mass and saw this line of cars,” he told ABC.

The timing seemed to be God-ordained, because he walked up to the crash scene at the very moment 19-year-old Katie Lentz requested prayer.

“I absolved and anointed Katie, and, at her request, prayed that her leg would not hurt...

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