Mysterious priest performs miracle at site of Mercedes crash
August 4, 2013: Emergency workers and community members in eastern Missouri are not sure what to make of a mystery priest who showed up at a critical accident scene Sunday morning and whose prayer seemed to change life-threatening events for the positive. Even odder, the black-garbed priest does not appear in any of the nearly 70 photos of the scene of the accident in which a 19-year-old girl almost died.
Father Mychal Judge is the best fit I’ve seen so far for the identity of the mystery priest. He was the FDNY chaplain who died on 9/11. It makes sense that if God was going to let him continue doing good works on Earth that he’d want to go to emergency rescue situations.
The sketch below is based on witness descriptions. On the sketch, I can definitely see a likeness.
One first responder said this sketch looked nothing like the priest he saw who he said looked a little like Walter Mathau, but with not quite as big a nose. Kinda like this?
The details of Father Mychal Judge’s last hour and death reflect the great heroism and holiness of his entire life.
As Mychal rushed into the North Tower with firefighters, Mayor Rudy Giuliani called out, “Father Mike, pray for us!” Mychal responded, “I always do! I always pray for you!” These were his last public words — his promise to always pray for us.
Other priests also came to the scene, but Mychal was the only priest to actually enter either WTC building. He continued to offer absolution, prayers, and assistance in the lobby as death rained all around him.
When commanders gave orders to evacuate the building, he refused to abandon the hundreds of firefighters still trapped inside saying, “My work here is not finished.”
At 9:50 – 9:55 AM, Mychal climbed up to the mezzanine attempting to reach some injured firefighters. Seeing dozens of jumpers crashing onto the plaza outside, he cried out fervently and repeatedly, “Jesus, please end this right now! God, please end this!”
Mychal was struck on the head and killed at 9:59 AM when the South Tower collapse sent concrete and debris flying through the North Tower lobby at speeds of over 100mph.
He was designated as Victim 0001 because his was the first body recovered from the scene. He was buried at Holy Sepulcher cemetery in Totowa, NJ.