No, this isn’t the priest who spent three seasons on network television solving crimes in the Father Dowling Mysteries, portrayed by actor Tom Bosley.
He’s a real-life Father Dowling—Patrick, to be exact—and he’s been identified as the mystery priest who was hailed as an angel after praying with and anointing a girl following a horrific automobile accident in Missouri on Aug. 4. Fr. Dowling, of the Diocese of Jefferson City, vanished from the scene without a word, prompting a witness to say that “it’s a miracle” 19-year-old Katie Lentz survived the accident.
Lentz’s vehicle was struck by another car that passed into her lane. The driver of the car was charged with driving while intoxicated.
It took rescue workers more than an hour to cut Lentz out of the car. The highway was blocked off, but after he identified himself as a priest, Fr. Dowling was allowed to approach Lentz’s vehicle. He prayed, gave absolution and then left, according to a story in USA Today.