The Rev. Patrick Dowling, (l.), came forward after reports of a "mystery priest" appearing at a crash site to pray with victim Katie Lentz, (r.). (Courtesy: Jefferson City Diocese, Lentz family)
The Rev. Patrick Dowling is flesh and blood, but to an Illinois woman whom the priest mysteriously ministered to as she lay trapped in the mangled wreckage of a car crash last month, he will always be an angel.
Today, on her twentieth birthday, Katie Lentz will meet the "miracle" priest, who left police baffled after appearing behind a police line at the Missouri crash scene to pray with her, then disappeared into the night. Lentz has endured a long recovery after the accident, in which her car was hit head-on by an alleged drunk driver, but she counts herself lucky that Dowling, who stepped forward after numerous reports about the "mystery priest," was there in her time of need.
"It's a miracle my daughter is alive," her mother, Carla Churchill Lentz, told FoxNews.com in an emotional interview Friday. "She wasn't expected to live.
"She is going to walk again," she said.