Mystery ‘angel’ priest comes forward

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (WDAF) — The identity of the priest who appeared out of nowhere to help save a woman from a car wreck in Missouri, and then appeared to vanish, has been revealed.

The Diocese of Jefferson City confirmed the priest is Reverend Patrick Dowling. [RELATED: ‘Angel’ priest helps rescue crews after horrific crash]

Dowling was traveling between mass assignments in northern and central Missouri when he arrived at the crash scene on the morning of Aug. 4.

According to a comment he left on an article in the National Catholic Register, Dowling asked the Sheriff’s permission and approached the scene. He said he absolved and anointed Katie and prayed that her leg would be left unhurt, and then gave way to rescue personnel as he prayed the rosary silently.

The Diocese confirmed his comments and said that Dowling was pleased he could help through performing his ministry. He also said he was one of many that helped and thanked first responders, law enforcement and the medical team that assisted Katie Lentz.

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