(FOX NEWS) 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.

 

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