The “angel” priest who appeared at the scene of a Missouri car crash has been identified. The priest made national headlines last week after praying at the scene of the crash, then quickly disappearing.
He is the Rev. Patrick Dowling of the Jefferson City Diocese.
Dowling, a native of Kilkenny, Ireland, had reportedly been traveling between Mass assignments in northern and central Missouri when he noticed the accident, apparently from an adjacent road, and decided to pull over to offer assistance, according to a diocese press release provided to Fox News.
On Friday night, Dowling identified himself on the National Catholic Register website, posting a comment below the article which apparently went unnoticed by the media at large until this week.
“I had Mass in Ewing MO as the regular priest was sick,” Dowling writes in his post. “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 (rescue helicopter) pilot were waiting, and prayed the rosary silently,” the Roman Catholic priest added in the post. “I left when the helicopter was about to take off, and before I got to my car.”
The crash occurred shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday along Missouri Route 19 near Center, Mo., KHQA reported.