Was 'Mystery Priest' a Miracle?

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | August 8, 2013 | 10:13 AM EDT

“What are miracles to you?”

Illinois tri-state area television station KHQA has posted that poll question following a story on a trapped crash victim who asked for prayer and received a “mystery priest.”

If the player does not load, please check that you are running the latest version of Adobe Flash Player.

19-year-old Katie Lenz was reportedly trapped in her car following a head-on accident in Missouri on Sunday.

According to KHQA, New London Fire Chief Raymond Reed says emergency crews tried for nearly an hour to remove her without success.

From KHQA:

“Reed says Lentz was pinned in between the steering wheel and the seat. After 45 minutes passed, medical workers told rescue crews that Katie was failing and fast. That's when Reed decided to move the car, which was standing on its side, back on all four wheels.

About an hour into the rescue, Katie asked rescue workers to pray out loud with her. That's when a priest appeared out of nowhere.

"He came up and approached the patient, and offered a prayer," Reed said. "It was a Catholic priest who had anointing oil with him. A sense of calmness came over her, and it did us as well. I can't be for certain how it was said, but myself and another firefighter, we very plainly heard that we should remain calm, that our tools would now work and that we would get her out of that vehicle."

Fresh equipment and a successful extraction followed shortly after.

When emergency workers turned to thank the priest, he was gone.

The KHQA report continues, "We would like to find this gentleman and be able to thank him," Reed said. "As a first responder, you don't know what you're going to run into. We have a lot of tools, and we have intensive training. In this particular case, it is my feeling that it was nothing more than sheer faith and nothing short of a miracle."

What do you think?


Eric Scheiner
Eric Scheiner
Eric is the Senior Video Producer for