On August 4 rescuers desperately freeing Katie Lenz from her mangled car at an accident site in Missouri were astonished when a priest who had come to offer comfort suddenly seemed to disappear. Now a priest whose face closely matches that of that of an artists' impression of the mystery man has come forward and identified himself as the priest who stopped to reassure the rescuers and give comfort to the woman trapped in the damaged car. According to a press release from the Diocese of Jefferson City, he is Father Patrick Dowling, a Diocesan Priest.
According to the press release, "The Diocese of Jefferson City has identified the priest who assisted at the site of the Sunday morning, August 4, 2013 auto accident near Center, Mo. He is Rev. Patrick Dowling, a priest of the Jefferson City Diocese. Fr. Dowling was travelling Hwy 19 between Mass assignments that morning in northern and central Missouri."
Father Dowling is a native of Kilkenny, Ireland. He has been a priest in the Diocese of Jefferson City since 1982 and currently serves in prison ministry and in parish ministry to Spanish-speaking Catholics.
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