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Marie Laveau
(American Voodoo Priestess and Herbalist)
Marie Laveau
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Birthdate: September 10, 1801
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: June 15, 1881

Occultist and herbalist Marie Laveau was known as the Vodoo Queen of New Orleans. Though a hairdresser, she was chiefly known for her spiritual practices which she used to heal the sick and the poor. She has inspired several books, such as Robert Tallant's The Voodoo Queen.

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Jim Elliot
(Missionary)
Jim Elliot
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Birthdate: October 8, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon
Died: January 8, 1956
 American Christian missionary Jim Elliot was one of five people killed during Operation Auca. He is still remembered for his selfless devotion to God and his zeal, tempered by love, to guide people. The Journals of Jim Elliot contains volumes of documents written over many years by Jim Elliot in which the missionary has detailed his mission work.
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Mychal Judge
(Catholic Priest)
Mychal Judge
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Birthdate: May 11, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: September 11, 2001

Designated Victim 0001 of the 2011 Twin Tower attack, Mychal Judge was a Franciscan friar and Catholic priest. Developing an early interest in monastic life, he served in various parishes before being appointed chaplain to New York City Fire Department. On hearing about the attack, he rushed to the spot and died while praying for the victims inside North Tower.

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 4 
Solomon Burke
(Singer, Priest, Guitarist, Songwriter, Composer)
Solomon Burke
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Birthdate: March 21, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: October 10, 2010
American preacher and singer Solomon Burke shaped the sound of rhythm and blues as one of the founding fathers of soul music in the 1960s. Known for his 'prodigious output', Burke has been called 'a key transitional figure bridging R&B and soul'. During his professional career that lasted 55 years, Burke released 38 studio albums and had 35 singles.
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Kateri Tekakwitha
(Saint)
Kateri Tekakwitha
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Birthdate: 1656 AD
Birthplace: Auriesville, New York, United States
Died: April 17, 1680
Kateri Tekakwitha was a Catholic saint known for her virtue of chastity and mortification of the flesh. She was the first North American Indian canonized as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. Tekakwitha was known as “Lily of the Mohawks” in recognition of her kindness. Pope Benedict XVI recognized Tekakwitha as a saint and she was later canonized.
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James Smith Bush
(Jurist, Writer, Lawyer, Priest, Politician)
James Smith Bush
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Birthdate: June 15, 1825
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rochester
Died: November 11, 1889

The progenitor of the Bush political family, James Smith Bush, was a jurist by training before he was drawn to divinity and ordained as a priest. He began his career as rector of the Grace Church in Orange, New Jersey. Later, he visited other parts of the country, writing several books on religion, most significant of them being Evidence of Religion.

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Daniel Berrigan
(American Jesuit Priest and Anti-War Activist)
Daniel Berrigan
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Birthdate: May 9, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Virginia, Minnesota, United States
Died: April 30, 2016

Daniel Berrigan was an American anti-war activist, Jesuit priest, Christian pacifist, author, poet, and playwright. Berrigan gained national attention for his protest against the Vietnam War, which landed him on the FBI's most-wanted list. He remained a popular anti-war activist throughout his life, co-founding an anti-nuclear weapons movement called the Plowshares movement in 1980.

 8 
Richard Allen
(American Clergyman Who was the First Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church)
Richard Allen
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Birthdate: February 14, 1760
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 26, 1831

Born to slave parents, American clergyman Richard Allen became a Methodist convert at 22. He later founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church and served as its first bishop. Apart from establishing the first church for Blacks in the U.S., he worked on various aspects to improve the lives of Blacks.

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Aiden Wilson Tozer
Aiden Wilson Tozer
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Birthdate: April 21, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: La Jose (now Newburg), Pennsylvania, USA
Died: May 12, 1963
American Christian pastor, Aiden Wilson Toze,r was also an author, magazine editor, and spiritual mentor. He was a recipient of honorary doctorates from Wheaton and Houghton Colleges for his accomplishments. His popular books are The Knowledge of the Holy, Attributes of God, The Divine Conquest, How to Be Filled with the Holy...  and The Best of A. W. Tozer: 52...
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Max Lucado
(Theologian, Writer)
Max Lucado
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Birthdate: January 11, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Angelo
A best-selling author and pastor at Oak Hills Church, Max Lucado is known for combining poetic storytelling and homespun humor. With over 120 million copies sold in 54 languages, Max is dubbed as America’s Pastor. He received three Gold Medallion Book of the Year awards for his books, Just Like Jesus, In the Grip of Grace, and When God Whispers Your Name.
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Increase Mather
(British Clergyman)
Increase Mather
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Birthdate: June 21, 1639
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Massachusetts Bay Colony, United States
Died: August 23, 1723

Puritan clergyman Increase Mather was educated at Harvard and Trinity and preached his first sermon the day he turned 18. The son of Puritan minister Richard Mather, he penned An Essay for the Recording of Illustrious Providences, which is said to have influenced the Salem witch trials.

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Richard Rohr
(American Franciscan Priest and Spiritual Writer)
Richard Rohr
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Birthdate: March 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kansas, United States
American author, Richard Rohr, was ordained to the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church in 1970. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation. Some of Richard's famous books include Everything Belongs, Adam's Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond, and Eager to Love.
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Leonidas Polk
(Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana)
Leonidas Polk
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Birthdate: April 10, 1806
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Died: June 14, 1864

Leonidas Polk was an American Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana. He is credited with establishing an Anglican Christian denomination called the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States of America. A political general of the Civil War, Leonidas Polk is remembered for commanding troops in the Battle of Perryville and the Battle of Shiloh among many other battles.

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Theodore McCarrick
(Priest)
Theodore McCarrick
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Birthdate: July 7, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, United States

Theodore McCarrick is a former cardinal and laicized bishop of the Catholic Church. He became the first cardinal to resign from the College of Cardinals because of sexual abuse claims in July 2018. Known as a champion of progressive Catholicism and social justice causes, McCarrick was found guilty of sexual crimes and abuse of power. He was dismissed from clergy in 2019.

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Eddie Long
(Priest, Writer)
Eddie Long
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Birthdate: May 12, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Huntersville
Died: January 15, 2017

Senior pastor of the megachurch New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Eddie Long made headlines when a few minor male congregants accused him of sexual abuse. He held a business administration degree and also worked as a sales representative. His long struggle with cancer eventually ended in his death at 63.

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Howard W. Hunter
(Lawyer)
Howard W. Hunter
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Birthdate: November 14, 1907
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boise, Idaho, United States
Died: March 3, 1995
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Ted Haggard
(Pastor, Priest, Preacher)
Ted Haggard
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Birthdate: June 27, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Yorktown

Ted Haggard is an evangelical pastor who founded New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is also the founder of the Association of Life-Giving Churches. He is against same-sex marriages. In 2006, it was revealed that he had paid a male sex worker for sexual favors and also purchased some illegal drugs from him. 

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Michael Pfleger
Michael Pfleger
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Birthdate: May 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago
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D. Todd Christofferson
(Priest, Lawyer)
D. Todd Christofferson
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Birthdate: January 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pleasant Grove
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Greg Boyle
(American Catholic Priest)
Greg Boyle
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Birthdate: May 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Avery Dulles
(Jesuit Priest, Theologian and Cardinal of the Catholic Church)
Avery Dulles
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Birthdate: August 24, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Auburn, New York, United States
Died: December 12, 2008

Avery Dulles was a Jesuit priest, cardinal of the Catholic Church, and theologian. Renowned for his skills as an author and lecturer, Dulles was associated with Woodstock College and the Catholic University of America from 1960 to 1974 and from 1974 to 1988, respectively. Over the course of his illustrious career, Avery Dulles received several prestigious honors and awards.

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Theodore Parker
(American Transcendentalist and Reforming Minister of the Unitarian Church)
Theodore Parker
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Birthdate: August 24, 1810
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lexington, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 10, 1860

Theodore Parker was an American transcendentalist minister whose words and quotations would later help inspire popular speeches of the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln. A reformer and abolitionist, Parker played a key role in fighting against such laws as the Fugitive Slave Act.

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Samuel Seabury
(2nd Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church)
Samuel Seabury
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Birthdate: November 30, 1729
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ledyard, Connecticut, United States
Died: February 25, 1796

Samuel Seabury was an Episcopal bishop who became the second Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. A leading Loyalist in New York City during the American Revolution, he was known for his rivalry with Alexander Hamilton. After the revolution, he played a key role in the evolution of Anglican liturgy. 

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Helen Prejean
(Catholic Religious Sister and a Leading American Advocate for the Abolition of the Death Penalty)
Helen Prejean
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Birthdate: April 21, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

A leading advocate for abolition of death penalty, Roman Catholic sister, Helen Prejea,n started her campaign after she became spiritual guide for a death row convict, penning down her experience in her best-selling book, Dead Man Walking. Also the founder of SURVIVE, a group aimed at helping the families of the victims, she has since been giving talks across USA.     

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Paul Marcinkus
(American Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church)
Paul Marcinkus
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Birthdate: January 15, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cicero, Illinois, United States
Died: February 20, 2006

Paul Marcinkus was an American religious leader best remembered for his service as the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church. From 1971 to 1989, he also served as the president of the Vatican Bank. One of the most controversial archbishops of the 20th century, Marcinkus' life and career inspired many film characters, including Archbishop Gilday in The Godfather Part III.  

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Tony Campolo
(Sociologist)
Tony Campolo
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Birthdate: February 25, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
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Philip Berrigan
(American Peace Activist and Catholic Priest)
Philip Berrigan
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Birthdate: October 5, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Two Harbors, Minnesota, United States
Died: December 6, 2002

Philip Berrigan was a peace activist and Catholic priest. He was active in the peace and nuclear disarmament movement and advocated for peaceful and nonviolent protests. He was affiliated with the Society of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart. He was married to a former nun and peace activist Elizabeth McAlister. The couple founded Jonah House, a faith-based community. 

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John Geoghan
(Serial Child Rapist)
John Geoghan
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Birthdate: June 4, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston
Died: August 23, 2003
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Diane Hegarty
(Actor)
Diane Hegarty
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Birthdate: July 10, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago

Though she appears like a regular blonde beauty, Diane Hegarty made headlines when she co-created the Church of Satan with her partner Anton LaVey. She has also co-written books such as The Satanic Bible and has appeared in many documentaries that featured her with her family and her pet lion.

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John Dominic Crossan
(Irish-American New Testament Scholar, Historian of Early Christianity and Former Catholic Priest)
John Dominic Crossan
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Birthdate: February 17, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nenagh, County Tipperary, Ireland

Irish-American theologian John Dominic Crossan, who has previously been a Roman Catholic priest, was also associated with the Jesus Seminar. It is believed, he had quit Catholic priesthood to marry Margaret, his professor wife, and had then focused on teaching and writing. His written works include Who Killed Jesus?

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Francis George
(Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago)
Francis George
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Birthdate: January 16, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: April 17, 2015

Francis Eugene Cardinal George was a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. From 1997 to 2014, he served as the Archbishop of Chicago. He also served as the Bishop of Yakima from 1990 to 1996. In 1998, he was created a cardinal and later served as president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) between 2007 and 2010.

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Raymond E. Brown
(Catholic Priest)
Raymond E. Brown
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Birthdate: May 22, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: August 8, 1998
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H. Richard Niebuhr
(Theologian)
H. Richard Niebuhr
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Birthdate: September 3, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wright City, Missouri, United States
Died: July 5, 1962
 34 
Francis Asbury
(American Bishop)
Francis Asbury
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Birthdate: August 20, 1745
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hamstead Bridge, Staffordshire, England
Died: March 31, 1816

Francis Asbury was a bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He played an important role during the Second Great Awakening, popularizing Methodism in British colonial America. He is credited with establishing many schools and his journal is deemed important by scholars due to its account of frontier society; his journal has descriptions of the functioning of towns in Colonial America.

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Raymond Leo Burke
(Catholic priest)
Raymond Leo Burke
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Birthdate: June 30, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Richland Center, Wisconsin, United States
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Andrew Greeley
(Priest)
Andrew Greeley
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Birthdate: February 5, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Died: May 29, 2013
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Paul Shanley
(American Roman Catholic Priest)
Paul Shanley
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Birthdate: January 25, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 28, 2020
 38 
William Lombardy
(American Chess Grandmaster, Chess Writer and Former Catholic Priest)
William Lombardy
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Birthdate: December 4, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: October 13, 2017
 39 
Stephen Samuel Wise
(American Rabbi)
Stephen Samuel Wise
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Birthdate: March 17, 1874
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: April 19, 1949

Stephen Samuel Wise was an American Zionist leader and Reform rabbi during the Progressive Era. He followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather to become a rabbi. Later on, he became a founding member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He is also credited with establishing the Jewish Institute of Religion in 1922.

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Phillips Brooks
(Priest, Writer, Songwriter)
Phillips Brooks
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Birthdate: December 13, 1835
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston
Died: January 23, 1893
 41 
Frederick T. Gates
(Clergyman)
Frederick T. Gates
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Birthdate: July 22, 1853
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Maine, New York, United States
Died: February 6, 1929
 42 
Hiram Bingham I
(Leader of the First Group of American Protestant Missionaries to Introduce Christianity to the Hawaiian Islands)
Hiram Bingham I
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Birthdate: October 30, 1789
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bennington, Vermont, United States
Died: November 11, 1869

Hiram Bingham I was an American missionary who led the first group of American missionaries in an attempt to spread Christianity in the Hawaiian islands. An important figure in the history of Hawaii, Bingham continues to be revered in the US state. Punahou School, which is located in Honolulu, has a math building named in his honor.

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Marcelino Manuel da Graça
(American Preacher)
Marcelino Manuel da Graça
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Birthdate: January 25, 1881
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brava, Cape Verde
Died: January 12, 1960

Charles Emmanuel Grace, also known as Sweet Daddy Grace, was born in Portuguese-occupied Cape Verde and later moved to the U.S., where he formed the United House of Prayer for All People. The African-American bishop had a peculiar sense of style, replete with flowing hair and painted fingernails.

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Augustus Tolton
(Priest)
Augustus Tolton
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Birthdate: April 1, 1854
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ralls County, Missouri, United States
Died: July 9, 1897
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Kōbun Chino Otogawa
(Priest)
Kōbun Chino Otogawa
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Birthdate: February 1, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: July 26, 2002
 46 
James Gibbons
(American Prelate)
James Gibbons
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Birthdate: July 23, 1834
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: March 24, 1921

James Cardinal Gibbons was a prelate of the Catholic Church. From 1868 to 1872, he served as Apostolic Vicar of North Carolina. From 1872 to 1877, he served as the Bishop of Richmond. From 1877 to 1921, he served as the ninth Archbishop of Baltimore. He is also remembered for his writing skills and many of his works remain influential.

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George A. Smith
(Political leader)
George A. Smith
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Birthdate: June 26, 1817
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Potsdam, New York
Died: September 1, 1875

George A. Smith was one of the first leaders of the Latter Day Saint movement which was founded by Joseph Smith. He played an important role in Zion's Camp, which aimed at helping members of the church in Missouri. George A. Smith also played a key role in the events leading up to the infamous Mountain Meadows Massacre in 1857.

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Isaac Mayer Wise
(American Reform Rabbi Who Served as The Rabbi of the Congregation Beth-El of Albany)
Isaac Mayer Wise
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Birthdate: March 29, 1819
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lomnička, Czechia
Died: March 26, 1900

Isaac Mayer Wise was an American Reform rabbi, author, and editor. He is best remembered for his service as the rabbi of the congregation Beth-El of Albany. In this capacity, Isaac Mayer Wise effected many changes, such as the consent for having a mixed-sex choir, allowing women and men to sit together in family pews, and elimination of Bar Mitzvah.

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Richard John Neuhaus
(Cleric)
Richard John Neuhaus
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Birthdate: May 14, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pembroke, Canada
Died: January 8, 2009
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John McCloskey
(American Archbishop)
John McCloskey
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Birthdate: March 10, 1810
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: October 10, 1885

The second archbishop of New York, John McCloskey was also the first American cardinal. An accident in which he was buried under logs and had almost gone blind led to a spiritual awakening in him, and he stepped into priesthood. He also notably renewed the construction of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.