Mystery priest revealed over a week after his Good Samaritan act has Father Pat Dowling letting victim Katie Lentz know who her miraculous healer was following a dangerous car crash. According to WKBT News 8000 this Monday, Aug. 12, Catholic priest and Rev. Pat Dowling has come forward to identify himself as the man who prayed over the young woman following a serious accident on a Missouri highway.
Before the mystery priest revealed himself, he was thought to be a miracle worker, an angel, and even the spirit of the saint who had come to heal and help Katie Lentz following her car crash. Yet it was Father Pat Dowling, a priest since 1982, that confirmed he was the one who anointed and provided spiritual comfort for Katie and the rescue teams before leaving the scene.
Fr. Dowling made a comment on the National Catholic Register story that covered the “Angel Priest Missouri” incident, citing that he was the priest who had prayed over 19-year-old Katie Lentz on Aug. 4, while emergency rescuers tried to pull her from the mangled wreck.
The mystery priest wrote in his since-deleted comment on the Register as a small but resonant reveal: “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.”
Many found Fr. Pat Dowling to have been a mystery priest or angel (some Catholics believing it may have been Padre Pio) because he seemingly vanished after praying over Katie, and there were no pictures taken of him at the scene of the accident.
The Rev. said that the rescue teams would be able to save Katie, and that they must stay calm, have faith, and know that their tools would be successful.
Now, the Catholic man is saying he (or the incident) isn’t a mystery at all, and he actually informed a deputy of his identity. Dowling also says that he is not taking credit for saving Lentz’s life, but glad he helped calm everyone there.
In a news release on the mystery priest revealed:
“Fr. Dowling said that he is pleased that he was able to help by performing his ministry and noted that that he was just one of many who responded to assist the victim at the accident.”
In the original comment, Fr. Dowling wrote:
I had Mass in Ewing MO as the regular priest was sick. As I was returning, I arrived at the scene. The authorities were redirecting traffic. I waited till it was possible to drive up closer. I parked behind a large vehicle about 150 yards from the scene. 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. I left when the helicopter was about to take off, and before I got to my car it was on its way to Quincy.
I was amazed at the calmness of the two Highway patrol men. The sergeant was completely in control, amazingly calm. Everybody worked as harmoniously as a Swiss watch despite the critical nature of the scene. I gave my name to one of the authorities, perhaps to the sergeant of Highway Patrol, explaining that I was returning having celebrated Mass at Ewing. It was the sergeant who, at the Sheriff’s request, gave me Katie’s name as I was leaving, so I could visit her in hospital — I assumed she would be taken to Columbia.
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. God has blessed your work. I hope the credit goes where it is due.”
What’s your take on the mystery priest of Missouri revealing himself? Is his presence any less of a miracle?
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