List of famous priests with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

Priests and priestesses have existed since the ancient times, from the simplest societies, to hamlets and royal families. A priest is a person who is authorized to perform the sacred rituals of a religion and acts as intercessor between humans and one or numerous deities. In order to attain priesthood, an individual has to go through a complex process of introspection, education and sacraments. Some of the ancient priests and priestesses acted as bureaucrats on behalf of kings and were also given the responsibility to staff temples, give offerings and perform other religious rituals. In places like Italy, priesthood was only attained by Roman matrons and the elite. During the onset of Christianity, there was a sudden growth in the formation of Catholic Churches since the 3rd century and priests headed churches and were appointed as the ones in authority to act on behalf of Christ. Although Islam does not hold the office or the title of ‘priest’, they do have the title of ‘mullahs’, which translates to ‘cleric’ and in layman’s terms; priests. They are not necessarily religious, but are highly educated respected individuals in the society. Hindu priests, often known as ‘pujaris’ or ‘purohits’ and belong to the ‘Brahmin’ caste and are ordained as priests after a period of training. Not only do these priests perform rituals in temples but also perform rituals pertaining to weddings, funerals and other services. Here is a list of famous priests. Go through their biographies, which include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

Saint NicholasSaint Nicholas
(Greek,Turkish)
Matthew FoxMatthew Fox
(American)
T. D. JakesT. D. Jakes
(American)

Pope Gregory IPope Gregory I
(Italian)
Maximilian KolbeMaximilian Kolbe
(Polish)
Miguel Hidalgo y CostillaMiguel Hidalgo y Costilla
(Mexican)

Pope Leo XPope Leo X
(Italian)
XuanzangXuanzang
(Chinese)
Saint LawrenceSaint Lawrence
(Spanish)

Mark the EvangelistMark the Evangelist
(Libyan)
Pope Boniface VIIIPope Boniface VIII
(Italian)
Ted HaggardTed Haggard
(American)

Mychal JudgeMychal Judge
(American)
IrenaeusIrenaeus
(Turkish,Ancient Roman)
Pope Innocent IIIPope Innocent III
(Italian)

Pope Urban IIPope Urban II
(French)
Pope Pius IXPope Pius IX
(Italian)
PolycarpPolycarp
(Turkish)

Pope Clement VIIPope Clement VII
(Italian)
Pope Clement IPope Clement I
(Italian)
Isidore of SevilleIsidore of Seville
(Spanish)

Pope Benedict IXPope Benedict IX
(Italian)
CaiaphasCaiaphas
(Israeli)
Eddie LongEddie Long
(American)

Pope Leo XIIIPope Leo XIII
(Italian)
Pope Leo IPope Leo I
(Italian)
Prince Frederick, Duke of York and AlbanyPrince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany
(British)

Pope Paul IIIPope Paul III
(Italian)
Simon MagusSimon Magus
(Ancient Roman)
Pope LinusPope Linus
(Italian)

Max LucadoMax Lucado
(American)
Richard RohrRichard Rohr
(American)
Solomon BurkeSolomon Burke
(American)

John SentamuJohn Sentamu
(British)
Judas MaccabeusJudas Maccabeus
(Israeli)
Francis de SalesFrancis de Sales
(French,Italian)

Pope Gregory IIIPope Gregory III
(Syrian)
Diane HegartyDiane Hegarty
(American)
Pope Sixtus IVPope Sixtus IV
(Italian)

Pope Gregory IXPope Gregory IX
(Italian)
Jozef TisoJozef Tiso
(Slovak)
Yusuf EstesYusuf Estes
(American)

Pope Leo IIIPope Leo III
(Italian)
Pope Gregory XIIIPope Gregory XIII
(Italian)
John of DamascusJohn of Damascus
(Syrian)

James Smith BushJames Smith Bush
(American)
Pope Clement VPope Clement V
(French)
Gianna Beretta MollaGianna Beretta Molla
(Italian)

Pope FormosusPope Formosus
(Italian)
Pope Alexander IIIPope Alexander III
(Italian)
Pope Celestine VPope Celestine V
(Italian)

Gene RobinsonGene Robinson
(American)
Peter the HermitPeter the Hermit
(French)
Pope Pius VPope Pius V
(Italian)

Pope Tawadros II of AlexandriaPope Tawadros II of Alexandria
(Egyptian)
ManethoManetho
(Egyptian)
Pope Innocent VIIIPope Innocent VIII
(Italian)

Daniel BerriganDaniel Berrigan
(American)
Pope AnacletusPope Anacletus
(Italian)
NestoriusNestorius
(Egyptian)

Pope John XXIIPope John XXII
(French)
Pope Innocent IVPope Innocent IV
(Italian)
Marcial MacielMarcial Maciel
(Mexican)

Pope Paul IIPope Paul II
(Italian)
Pope Pius VIIPope Pius VII
(Italian)
Pope Callixtus IIIPope Callixtus III
(Spanish)

Jacques-Bénigne BossuetJacques-Bénigne Bossuet
(French)
Pope Julius IIIPope Julius III
(Italian)
Pope Stephen VIPope Stephen VI
(Italian)

John Shelby SpongJohn Shelby Spong
(American)
Pope Pius VIPope Pius VI
(Italian)
Menno SimonsMenno Simons
(Dutch)

Pio of PietrelcinaPio of Pietrelcina
(Italian)
Didacus of AlcaláDidacus of Alcalá
(Spanish)
Pope Gelasius IPope Gelasius I
(Italian)

Pope Sixtus VPope Sixtus V
(Italian)
Vincent FerrerVincent Ferrer
(Spanish)
Pope Alexander IPope Alexander I
(Italian)