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 NicholasSaint Nicholas
(Greek,Turkish)
Maximilian KolbeMaximilian Kolbe
(Polish)

T. D. JakesT. D. Jakes
(American)
XuanzangXuanzang
(Chinese)
Saint LawrenceSaint Lawrence
(Spanish)

Pope Gregory IPope Gregory I
(Italian)
Pope Leo XPope Leo X
(Italian)
Mark the EvangelistMark the Evangelist
(Libyan)

IrenaeusIrenaeus
(Turkish,Ancient Roman)
Ted HaggardTed Haggard
(American)
Pope Pius IXPope Pius IX
(Italian)

Pope Clement VIIPope Clement VII
(Italian)
PolycarpPolycarp
(Turkish)
Prince Frederick, Duke of York and AlbanyPrince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany
(British)

Eddie LongEddie Long
(American)
Pope Leo XIIIPope Leo XIII
(Italian)
CaiaphasCaiaphas
(Israeli)

Pope Clement IPope Clement I
(Italian)
Pope Innocent IIIPope Innocent III
(Italian)
Pope LinusPope Linus
(Italian)

Pope Urban IIPope Urban II
(French)
Max LucadoMax Lucado
(American)
Simon MagusSimon Magus
(Ancient Roman)

Pope Paul IIIPope Paul III
(Italian)
Pope Boniface VIIIPope Boniface VIII
(Italian)
Isidore of SevilleIsidore of Seville
(Spanish)

Richard RohrRichard Rohr
(American)
Solomon BurkeSolomon Burke
(American)
Miguel Hidalgo y CostillaMiguel Hidalgo y Costilla
(Mexican)

Pope Benedict IXPope Benedict IX
(Italian)
Pope Gregory IIIPope Gregory III
(Syrian)
Francis de SalesFrancis de Sales
(French,Italian)

Pope Leo IPope Leo I
(Italian)
Michael PflegerMichael Pfleger
(American)
Jean-Louis TauranJean-Louis Tauran
(French)

Pope Sixtus IVPope Sixtus IV
(Italian)
Jozef TisoJozef Tiso
(Slovak)
Judas MaccabeusJudas Maccabeus
(Israeli)

Yusuf EstesYusuf Estes
(American)
Marcial MacielMarcial Maciel
(Mexican)
Pope FormosusPope Formosus
(Italian)

James Smith BushJames Smith Bush
(American)
Pope AgathoPope Agatho
(Italian)
Pope Celestine VPope Celestine V
(Italian)

Pope Gregory XIIIPope Gregory XIII
(Italian)
John of DamascusJohn of Damascus
(Syrian)
Pope Innocent VIIIPope Innocent VIII
(Italian)

Pope Leo IIIPope Leo III
(Italian)
Pope Pius VPope Pius V
(Italian)
Diane HegartyDiane Hegarty
(American)

Pope AnacletusPope Anacletus
(Italian)
Pope Clement VPope Clement V
(French)
Gianna Beretta MollaGianna Beretta Molla
(Italian)

Daniel BerriganDaniel Berrigan
(American)
Peter the HermitPeter the Hermit
(French)
Pope PontianPope Pontian
(Italian)

Pope Gregory IXPope Gregory IX
(Italian)
Pope Paul IIPope Paul II
(Italian)
George CareyGeorge Carey
(British)

ManethoManetho
(Egyptian)
Pope Pius VIIPope Pius VII
(Italian)
Pope Callixtus IIIPope Callixtus III
(Spanish)

Mychal JudgeMychal Judge
(American)
John Shelby SpongJohn Shelby Spong
(American)
Pope Pius VIPope Pius VI
(Italian)

Pope Tawadros II of AlexandriaPope Tawadros II of Alexandria
(Egyptian)
Pope John XXIIPope John XXII
(French)
Gene RobinsonGene Robinson
(American)

Pope Alexander IIIPope Alexander III
(Italian)
Roger MahonyRoger Mahony
(American)
NestoriusNestorius
(Egyptian)

Pope Stephen IIIPope Stephen III
(Italian)
Pope Innocent IVPope Innocent IV
(Italian)
Pope Sixtus VPope Sixtus V
(Italian)

Saint SavaSaint Sava
(Serbian)
John SentamuJohn Sentamu
(British)
Pope Gelasius IPope Gelasius I
(Italian)