Famous American Priests

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 1 T. D. Jakes

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Famous As: Priest, Author, Writer
Birthdate: June 9, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: South Charleston

 2 Marie Laveau

Marie Laveau
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Famous As: American Vodoo queen
Birthdate: September 10, 1801
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana
Died: June 16, 1881
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 3 Max Lucado

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Famous As: Theologian, Writer
Birthdate: January 11, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Angelo

 4 Solomon Burke

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Famous As: Singer, Priest, Guitarist, Songwriter, Composer
Birthdate: March 21, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: October 10, 2010

 5 John Geoghan

John Geoghan
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Famous As: Serial Child Rapist
Birthdate: June 4, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston
Died: August 23, 2003

 6 Eddie Long

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

 7 Ted Haggard

Ted Haggard
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Famous As: Pastor, Priest, Preacher
Birthdate: June 27, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Yorktown
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 8 Kateri Tekakwitha

Kateri Tekakwitha
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 1656 AD
Birthplace: Auriesville, New York, United States
Died: April 17, 1680

 9 Ralph Abernathy

Ralph Abernathy
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Famous As: Civil Rights Activist
Birthdate: March 11, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Linden, Alabama, United States
Died: April 17, 1990

 10 Richard Rohr

Richard Rohr
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kansas, United States

 11 Jim Elliot

Jim Elliot
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Famous As: Missionary
Birthdate: October 8, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon
Died: January 8, 1956

 12 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

 13 James Smith Bush

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Famous As: Jurist, Writer, Lawyer, Priest, Politician
Birthdate: June 15, 1825
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rochester
Died: November 11, 1889

 14 Mychal Judge

Mychal Judge
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Famous As: Catholic priest
Birthdate: May 11, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn
Died: September 11, 2001

 15 Yusuf Estes

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Birthdate: January 1, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ohio

 16 Daniel Berrigan

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Famous As: Peace activist, Theologian, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: May 9, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Virginia
Died: April 30, 2016

 17 Sister Helen Prejean

Sister Helen Prejean
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Famous As: Sister
Birthdate: April 21, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

 18 Increase Mather

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Famous As: Clergyman
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.

 19 Richard Allen

Richard Allen
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Famous As: Minister
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.

 20 John Shelby Spong

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Famous As: Priest, Theologian, Philosopher, Writer
Birthdate: June 16, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Charlotte

John Shelby Spong is an author, religion commentator, theologian, and retired bishop of the Episcopal Church. Over the years, he has appeared on several national television broadcasts, such as Larry King Live, The Today Show, and 60 Minutes. In 1999, he was honored with the Humanist of the Year award.

 21 Diane Hegarty

Diane Hegarty
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 10, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago

 22 Clayton M. Christensen

Clayton M. Christensen
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Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: April 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah

 23 Jemima Wilkinson

Jemima Wilkinson
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Famous As: Religious leader
Birthdate: November 29, 1752
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cumberland, Rhode Island, United States
Died: July 1, 1819

Jemima Wilkinson was an American preacher who later became known as the Public Universal Friend after becoming a genderless evangelist. The Public Universal Friend preached throughout the northeastern US. The Friend's teachings attracted several followers who became part of the Society of Universal Friends.

 24 Theodore McCarrick

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

 25 Theodore Hesburgh

Theodore Hesburgh
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Famous As: 15th President of the University of Notre Dame
Birthdate: May 25, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, United States
Died: February 26, 2015

Theodore Hesburgh was an American educator, social activist, and author. Over the course of his career, Hesburgh was involved in several American governmental and civic initiatives, international humanitarian projects, commissions, and papal assignments. In 1964, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2000, he received the Congressional Gold Medal for his service.

 26 Gene Robinson

Gene Robinson
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Famous As: Bishop
Birthdate: May 29, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States

Gene Robinson is an American former bishop associated with the Episcopal Church. Gene Robinson is renowned for being the first openly gay man to be consecrated as a bishop in a prominent Christian denomination. His life and career have been the subject of articles in print media and films.

 27 Michael Pfleger

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Birthdate: May 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago

 28 Howard W. Hunter

Howard W. Hunter
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: November 14, 1907
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boise, Idaho, United States
Died: March 3, 1995

 29 Wilton D. Gregory

Wilton D. Gregory
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Famous As: Religious leader
Birthdate: December 7, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Wilton D. Gregory, the Archbishop of Washington, is widely known as the first African-American cardinal. He had aspired to become a priest even before being baptized at age 11. One of his greatest contributions was his efforts to counter incidents of child sex abuse within the church.

 30 Theodore Parker

Theodore Parker
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Famous As: Transcendentalist
Birthdate: August 24, 1810
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lexington, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 10, 1860

 31 Greg Boyle

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Birthdate: May 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 32 Samuel Seabury

Samuel Seabury
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Famous As: Bishop
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. 

 33 Paul Shanley

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Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: January 25, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dorchester

 34 Tony Campolo

Dr. Anthony Campolo
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: February 25, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

 35 Roger Mahony

Roger Mahony
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Famous As: University teacher, Catholic priest
Birthdate: February 27, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hollywood

 36 D. Todd Christofferson

D. Todd Christofferson
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Famous As: Priest, Lawyer
Birthdate: January 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pleasant Grove

 37 Joseph Bernardin

Joseph Bernardin
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Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: April 2, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Died: November 14, 1996

Joseph Bernardin had been the Cardinal of the Catholic Church and the Archbishop of Chicago. Born to Italian immigrants in the U.S., he initially wished to be a physician but later stepped into theology. Though he was once accused of sexual misconduct, the charges against him were later dropped.

 38 Philip Berrigan

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Famous As: Peace activist
Birthdate: October 5, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Two Harbors, Minnesota, United States
Died: December 6, 2002

 39 Paul Marcinkus

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Famous As: Archbishop
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.  

 40 Phillips Brooks

Phillips Brooks
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Famous As: Priest, Writer, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 13, 1835
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston
Died: January 23, 1893

 41 Avery Dulles

Avery Dulles
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Famous As: Theologian
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.

 42 Raymond E. Brown

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Famous As: Catholic Priest
Birthdate: May 22, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: August 8, 1998

 43 Francis Eugene Cardinal George

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Famous As: Archbishop
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.

 44 H. Richard Niebuhr

H. Richard Niebuhr
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: September 3, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wright City, Missouri, United States
Died: July 5, 1962

 45 Edward Egan

Edward Egan
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Famous As: Bishop
Birthdate: April 2, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Died: March 5, 2015

Edward Egan was a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. From 1988 to 2000, he served as Bishop of Bridgeport. From 2000 to 2009, he served as Archbishop of New York. A controversial personality, Egan vehemently opposed gay marriage and criticized the American film industry for glorifying same-sex marriage.

 46 The Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Jr.

The Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Jr.
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Famous As: Chaplain
Birthdate: June 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: April 12, 2006

The Rev. William Sloane Coffin Jr. was a Christian clergyman and peace activist. A multi-talented person, Coffin took part in peace movements and the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s and 1970s. He was also a talented pianist, athlete, and CIA officer during his younger days. He was honored with prestigious awards, such as World War II Victory Medal. 

 47 Andrew Greeley

Andrew Greeley
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Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: February 5, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Died: May 29, 2013

 48 Augustus Tolton

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Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: April 1, 1854
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ralls County, Missouri, United States
Died: July 9, 1897

 49 Frederick T. Gates

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Famous As: Clergyman
Birthdate: July 22, 1853
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Maine, New York, United States
Died: February 6, 1929

 50 John Joseph Cardinal O'Connor

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Famous As: Chaplain
Birthdate: January 15, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: May 3, 2000

John Joseph Cardinal O'Connor was a prelate of the Catholic Church. From 1984 to 2000, he served as Archbishop of New York. On March 7, 2000, he was honored with the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal. He was also honored with several posthumous awards, including the Jackie Robinson Empire State Medal of Freedom on December 21, 2000.