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.

Matthew FoxMatthew Fox
(American)
Saint LawrenceSaint Lawrence
(Spanish)
CaiaphasCaiaphas
(Israeli)

Pope Celestine VPope Celestine V
(Italian)
Saint NicholasSaint Nicholas
(Greek,Turkish)
Mark the EvangelistMark the Evangelist
(Libyan)

T. D. JakesT. D. Jakes
(American)
XuanzangXuanzang
(Chinese)
Pope Leo XPope Leo X
(Italian)

Pope Gregory IPope Gregory I
(Italian)
Maximilian KolbeMaximilian Kolbe
(Polish)
Pope Pius IXPope Pius IX
(Italian)

James Smith BushJames Smith Bush
(American)
IrenaeusIrenaeus
(Turkish,Ancient Roman)
Ted HaggardTed Haggard
(American)

Prince Frederick, Duke of York and AlbanyPrince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany
(British)
Pope Clement VIIPope Clement VII
(Italian)
Pope Innocent IIIPope Innocent III
(Italian)

Pope Urban IIPope Urban II
(French)
Miguel Hidalgo y CostillaMiguel Hidalgo y Costilla
(Mexican)
Eddie LongEddie Long
(American)

PolycarpPolycarp
(Turkish)
Pope Leo XIIIPope Leo XIII
(Italian)
Isidore of SevilleIsidore of Seville
(Spanish)

Pope Clement IPope Clement I
(Italian)
Pope Paul IIIPope Paul III
(Italian)
Pope Boniface VIIIPope Boniface VIII
(Italian)

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

Max LucadoMax Lucado
(American)
Pope Leo IPope Leo I
(Italian)
Pope Benedict IXPope Benedict IX
(Italian)

Pope Gregory IIIPope Gregory III
(Syrian)
Francis de SalesFrancis de Sales
(French,Italian)
Richard RohrRichard Rohr
(American)

Gianna Beretta MollaGianna Beretta Molla
(Italian)
Solomon BurkeSolomon Burke
(American)
Yusuf EstesYusuf Estes
(American)

Pope Sixtus IVPope Sixtus IV
(Italian)
Judas MaccabeusJudas Maccabeus
(Israeli)
Pope Pius VPope Pius V
(Italian)

Vincent FerrerVincent Ferrer
(Spanish)
Pope FormosusPope Formosus
(Italian)
Pope Paul IVPope Paul IV
(Irish)

Jozef TisoJozef Tiso
(Slovak)
Pope Gregory XIIIPope Gregory XIII
(Italian)
Daniel BerriganDaniel Berrigan
(American)

John of DamascusJohn of Damascus
(Syrian)
Pope AgathoPope Agatho
(Italian)
Gene RobinsonGene Robinson
(American)

John SentamuJohn Sentamu
(British)
Pope AnacletusPope Anacletus
(Italian)
Pope Clement VPope Clement V
(French)

Pope Gregory IXPope Gregory IX
(Italian)
John Shelby SpongJohn Shelby Spong
(American)
Peter the HermitPeter the Hermit
(French)

Pope Innocent VIIIPope Innocent VIII
(Italian)
Diane HegartyDiane Hegarty
(American)
Pope Pius VIIPope Pius VII
(Italian)

Pope Martin IPope Martin I
(Italian)
George CareyGeorge Carey
(British)
ManethoManetho
(Egyptian)

Pope Pius VIPope Pius VI
(Italian)
Pope Paul IIPope Paul II
(Italian)
Pope Callixtus IIIPope Callixtus III
(Spanish)

NestoriusNestorius
(Egyptian)
Pope Stephen VIPope Stephen VI
(Italian)
Robert RuncieRobert Runcie
(British)

Pope Tawadros II of AlexandriaPope Tawadros II of Alexandria
(Egyptian)
Pope Alexander IIIPope Alexander III
(Italian)
Pope Innocent IVPope Innocent IV
(Italian)

Mychal JudgeMychal Judge
(American)
Pope John XXIIPope John XXII
(French)
Saint SavaSaint Sava
(Serbian)

Pope Gelasius IPope Gelasius I
(Italian)
Pope Sixtus VPope Sixtus V
(Italian)
Menno SimonsMenno Simons
(Dutch)