Mysterious crash-site priest comes forward !

He’s neither an angel nor St. John Vianney, but a real living priest.
Carl Bunderson reports for Catholic News Agency (CNA), August 12, 2013, that the mysterious priest who anointed 19-year-old Katie Lentz, the seriously-injured victim of a head-on crash on a rural Missouri highway, has come forward.
He is Father Patrick Dowling, of the Diocese of Jefferson City.

Fr. Patrick Dowlingl to r: Fr. Patrick Dowling; composite sketch by Randall Sands from eye-witnesses’ descriptions of the “mysterious priest”

Bunderson writes that Fr. Dowling identified himself as the mysterious priest, in a comment on CNA’s original article on the August 4 incident:
“I thank God and the amazingly competent rescue workers. I thank them for making me welcome in such a highly charged situation and allowing me to minister as a priest.”
Katie Lentz was trapped in her older-model Mercedes, which had been struck by another vehicle which passed into her lane. That car’s driver has been charged with DWI.
Rescue workers spent an hour trying to get Lentz out of her car, but the solid materials of its construction were dulling the fire department’s emergency equipment.
Though the highway was blocked off, “I did not leave with the other cars,” Fr. Dowling commented. He parked as close as he could, “and walked the remaining 150 yards. I asked the Sheriff if a priest might be needed … on checking, he permitted me to approach.”
“When the young lady asked that I pray her leg stop hurting, I did so. She asked me to pray aloud and I did briefly … the rescue workers needed space, and would not have appreciated distraction. I stepped to one side and said my rosary silently until the lady was taken from the car.”
Once Lentz was removed from her vehicle, he explained, “I then shook hands with the Sheriff, and thanked him, as I left. I have to admire the calmness of everybody involved. The Highway Patrol sergeant was amazingly calm and completely in control. Everybody worked with the harmony of a Swiss watch.”
CNA spoke with Fr. Dowling Aug. 12, and he explained that he gave Lentz Anointing of the Sick as well as absolution.
He affirmed that it was in the normal duties of a priest, “except that there was something extraordinary it sounds like, in the sequence of events that coincided in time with the Anointing. You must remember, there were many people praying there, many, many people … and they were all praying obviously for healing and for her safety. I was probably part of the answer to their prayers, I came by and Anointed and absolved, (but) I didn’t say another word … I did not say anything like the machinery would begin to work or they would succeed in getting her out of the car. That did not come from my lips, though two people heard it.”
Fr. Dowling was driving by Center while on his way from having said Mass in Ewing. A native of Ireland, Fr. Dowling was ordained a priest for the Jefferson City diocese in 1982. He has served at several parishes in the diocese, as well as its two mission parishes in Peru. Fr. Dowling currently serves in prison ministry and serves the Spanish-speaking population of the Diocese of Jefferson City.
~Eowyn

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AKA John Galt
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Reblogged this on U.S. Constitutional Free Press.

DCG
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What a blessing he was there.

Mark Tipton
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Am I the only one thinking about Mr. C and Father Dowling mysteries now?

Susan Mullen
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Susan Mullen

I’m so glad to read this. Father Dowling has such a strong faith. He’s an inspiration to us all!

joandarc
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joandarc

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this wonderful post. I ditto what Stephanie O said. It is my personal belief that St. John Vianney, the patron saint of all priests in the world, was there, assisted dear Father Dowling and assisted Ms. Lentz.

Paul
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Paul

It is interesting that the drawing is not even close to what he really looks like. Has anyone confirmed that is the same person?

Pamela
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Pamela

Thank you so much God for using Fr Dowling for your extraordinary works through the Holy Spirit and St. John Vianney!

V.E.G.
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V.E.G.

There is a hero like the priest: Wm. A. Rugh. Rugh gave his leg to harvest the skin to the burn victim. Unfortunately, Rugh came to a quick demise after a brief illness. May his memory be eternal! Rugh is with Jesus.

V.E.G.
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V.E.G.

There is a hero like the priest: Gerald Eugene Read. Read, a man of Scots-Irish origin, gave his life saving others.

Randall Sands
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Randall Sands

In my mind I saw two there, from witnesses I kept getting two versions so I kept to my self on that one I can only tell you there was two, I had a dream this morning and it came to me as a priest who lived in that area making sure all was well, more than father dowlings presence was there that I can tell you,

V.E.G.
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V.E.G.

Needless to say, William Arthur Rugh’s cousin, Craig Dieter had accepted salvation and he died very unexpectedly. So does Craig’s son by adoption, Scott.

V.E.G.
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V.E.G.

Gerald Eugene Read, Arthur Lee Daniels, and Richard Michael Ridgell became heroes on September 16, 2013 in Building 197. This building became the Joshua Humphreys Building!