Mystery priest IDENTIFIED who prayed for girl at crash scene then vanished

So it wasn’t an angel after all. The Blaze has the full story. But here is the statement from Rev. Patrick Dowling, who went to the crash scene, prayed for the girl and the rescuers, and then left:

priest1I 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.

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45 thoughts on “Mystery priest IDENTIFIED who prayed for girl at crash scene then vanished

  1. DomainRider WhiteGuy2 God also gave you the ability to question.  It’s only natural to have these thoughts. He gave you the ability to question so you would.  I can’t turn you into a Christian any more than I can turn water into wine, but I believe my God can.  Continue to question Him, and he will answer you.   “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10

  2. DomainRider poorhardworker WhiteGuy2 Just because you are placed in a position where you can do God’s work doesn’t mean you can’t choose NOT to do that work. THAT is where free will comes in.

  3. DomainRider poorhardworker WhiteGuy2  
    You have the freedom not to believe, but it’s wise to behave as though you do.

  4. poorhardworker DomainRider WhiteGuy2
    WhiteGuy2 said there’s no such thing as coincidence… but never mind.

  5. DomainRider poorhardworker WhiteGuy2 The priest was exercising his free will by heading home.  The accident was the free will of those involved.  Coincidence does not affect free will.

  6. poorhardworker DomainRider WhiteGuy2And ‘placing the right person, at the right time, into the right circumstance’ doesn’t affect their free will?

  7. DomainRider WhiteGuy2 Then you would have no free will…and God likes people to be responsible for their actions and encounter the results of other peoples actions.

  8. without suffering there can be no saviors, no charity, no heroes, no leaps of faith, no courage, no strength of character, and no honor. All suffereing is a God given opportunity to choose compasion, charity, giving, and sacrifice. The Yin and Yang, the Alfa and Omega, The cause and effect. It is all part of the plan.

  9. Repost ……………
    Miracles don’t have to be mystical in nature, God is able to intervene by simply placing the right person, at the right time, into the right circumstance. In short there is no such thing as coincidence.

  10. What makes this so unusual is not that the man did what he was set up and called to do so much as it was covered in a positive way by the press
    We live in an upside down world, evil is good and right is wrong, a simple act of kindness was recognized for the good it was…. priceless

  11. PressWatchusa  
    Thank you for sharing that.  We were so fortunate to have that kind of programming growing up.  Things have changed so very much.

  12. PressWatchusa tinlizzieowner
    I think I would say that there are Reverends and then there are ‘Reverants’. 😉 😉

  13. tinlizzieowner 
    Frustrating isn’t it? Sort of the same mindset of people that don’t understand why “Dear Leader” is such a dolt – They don’t get that either – OR – They don’t want to get it – OR – Too stupid to get it. etc.,etc.
    There are “Reverends” and there are REVERENDS

  14. Let me make this real simple for those who are having trouble grasping the significance of it. He showed up, he did what his faith instructed him to do as a Priest and he left without seeking recognition or reward for his efforts. A man of true faith, unlike a couple ‘Reverends’ I can think of. 😉 😉

  15. I don’t want to overdo this – but this Bonanza episode is one of the best I have ever seen 
    It is about two children  – who are now without parents who were killed in an accident – parents who are children of two feuding families – 
    another Angel Story — I started it in the middle for your convenience >> 

  16. The BOSS of the house pointed out that although Rev. Dowling was not an Angel 
    An Angel made sure – he was at the right place at the right time – Think about that one !

  17. Again, you’re not saying anything that’s extraordinary, either.
    A car accident: So what? They happen everyday, in every country with cars.
    Someone nearly died: Again, so what? People are nearly killed in car accidents every day, all over the world. A close friends nearly died in one, and had to relearn how to walk and talk. That wasn’t national news.
    A catholic was nearby: The biggest “so what” yet. People happened upon car accidents, all the time, and I’m pretty sure many of them are catholic in this country.
    A priest: Priests drive cars, see movies, and do all sorts of things. He didn’t help anyone out of the wreck, didn’t resuscitate anyone, etc. He talked. Thats what they do for a living. Even he said the real story (if there was one) was the first responders. All this crap about angels and people teleporting away just devolves into stupidity.

  18. VIRUSX2K1 Not run of the mill story when a priest happens onto what appeared to be a fatal accident to pray for the injured and the media covers it.

  19. I know the story, but that doesn’t explain why a big deal is being made out of this, or why the silly crap about angels came out of a completely run of the mill story.

  20. DaleMonteer Welcome to Scoop and thanks for the best 1st post I’ve seen from a new commenter!

  21. I am not Catholic, but I would like to thank this outstanding representative of the Catholic faith and man of God.  Humility is a noble trait, Sir, and far too few possess it.  God bless you and your endeavors.  I would also like to point out this kind of thing is rarely covered in the media.  They are far too busy covering scandalous matters in the church and Christianity in general to waste time on a noble act of kindness, humility, generosity, and faith.  Thank you for the heartwarming act.

  22. PressWatchusa 
    You know what is the most awesome, mind boggling, fantastic truth about God? He’s even there for the unfaithful! 🙂

  23. There’s almost always a logical explanation for things we can’t explain, we just don’t know what it is.

  24. Seems like it`s hard to find good news stories these days. THANKS for posting This One, Scoop

  25. Proudhispanicconservative They are my bad they don’t act like they are! lol

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