UPDATE: Mystery Priest Who Disappeared After Performing ‘Miracle’ At Missouri Car Crash Site Has Been Found
A few days ago, an amazing story about a priest who seemingly appeared, and then disappeared, from a car crash site in Missouri was all over the news. Was he an angel sent from heaven? Was he just a good Samaritan who happened to be in the right place at the right time? Did this mystery priest even exist?
Turns out, he does!
You can read my original blog post below, but what we now know is that the priest's name is Father Patrick Dowling - yup, just like the TV show! - and he said that all the credit for Katie Lenz's survival goes to God, he was just part of His plan.
Father Dowling says he saw the line of cars in the aftermath of the car crash that pinned Katie Lenz inside her car and just did what he thought was right when he went to her and anointed her with oil and prayed with her.
He said he went to go see Katie and she burst into tears when he told her who he was, but he thinks it's because, ""I think it was the most disappointing moment of all that I wasn't an angel or something." What a sweetheart!
Mystery solved, but I still think he's an angel!
Do you believe in God?
Some emergency workers in Missouri aren’t sure if He appeared at the scene of a horrific car accident last Sunday morning, or if it was an angel in priest’s clothing, but they do know that something amazing happened that day.
Katie Lentz was hit by an alleged drunk driver last Sunday, and when emergency crews had to make a life or death decision to get her out of the mangled Mercedes she was driving, Katie asked if someone would pray with her.
That’s when a silver-haired priest in his 50s or 60s suddenly appeared out of nowhere.
Crews said the accident site was on a road surrounded by cornfields, and the road had been closed down for 2 miles so they could get Katie out of her car, so no one could figure out where the priest had come from.
The priest prayed with Katie and anointed her with oil. Eventually, emergency crews put the car upright and Katie was rushed to the hospital. But when crews went to thank the priest, he was gone. When they looked at the almost 70 photographs that were taken from minutes after the accident to the final cleanup, the priest was not in any of them.
So far, the priest is yet to be found, but the fire chief of the crew that saved Katie said he thinks what happened last Sunday is a miracle. He said that “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."
The man who caused the accident has been arrested on charges of DWI.
Katie is in serious but stable condition, and her mother says she is doing well.