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List of Famous Priests

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List of famous priests, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top priests in the world? This includes the most prominent priests, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable priests is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic priests were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned priests.

List features people like Sinéad O'Connor and Martin Luther.

From reputable, prominent, and well known priests to the lesser known priests of today, these are some of the best professionals in the priest field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous priests ever?" and "What are the names of famous priests?" then you're in the right place. (868 items)


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    Pope Benedict XVI
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    Pope emeritus Benedict XVI served as pope of the Catholic Church from 2005 until his resignation in 2013. Benedict was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave following the death of Pope John Paul II and was inaugurated on 24 April 2005. Ordained as a priest in 1951 in his native Bavaria, Ratzinger ...more

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    • Age: age 88
    • Birthplace: Marktl, Germany
    • Profession: Priest, Pianist, Theologian, Professor, Author
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    Pope John Paul II
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    Pope Saint John Paul II born Karol Józef Wojtyła was a Roman Catholic priest, bishop, and Cardinal who eventually rose to become Pope. He was elected by the second Papal conclave of 1978, which was called after Pope John Paul I, who was elected in August after the death of Pope Paul VI, died after ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1920-2005)
    • Birthplace: Gmina Wadowice, Wadowice, Europe, Poland, Wadowice County, + more
    • Profession: Priest, Writer, Philosopher
    • Credits: The Jeweller's Shop, Our God's Brother, Tryptyk rzymski
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    Sinéad O'Connor
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    Sinéad Marie Bernadette O'Connor is an Irish singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album The Lion and the Cobra. O'Connor achieved worldwide success in 1990 with a new arrangement of Prince's song "Nothing Compares 2 U". Since then, while maintaining her singing career, she ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Glenageary, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Priest, Record producer, Clergy, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, The Butcher Boy, Roger Waters: The Wall: Live in Berlin, Hush-a-bye baby, Gaelic Spirit: Bringing Together the Best in Irish Music, + more
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    Martin Luther
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    Martin Luther was a German friar, priest and professor of theology who was a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation. Initially an Augustinian friar, Luther came to reject several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. He strongly disputed the claim that freedom from God's punishment ...more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1483-1546)
    • Birthplace: Eisleben, Germany
    • Profession: Priest, Theologian, Professor, Physician, Monk, + more
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    Antonio Vivaldi
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    Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognized as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe. He is known mainly for composing many instrumental concertos, for ...more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1678-1741)
    • Birthplace: Veneto, Eurasia, Province of Venice, Italy, Venice, + more
    • Profession: Priest, Composer, Violinist
    • Credits: Kramer vs. Kramer, Marie Antoinette, La Chinoise, Mamma Roma, Land of Silence and Darkness, + more
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    Thomas Aquinas
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    Thomas Aquinas, OP, also Thomas of Aquin or Aquino, was an Italian Dominican friar and Catholic priest who was an immensely influential philosopher and theologian in the tradition of scholasticism, within which he is also known as the "Doctor Angelicus" and "Doctor Communis". "Aquinas" is from the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 49 (1225-1274)
    • Birthplace: Roccasecca, Italy
    • Profession: Priest, Physician, Writer, Philosopher
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    Franz Liszt
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    Franz Liszt is a film score composer.more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1811-1886)
    • Birthplace: Raiding, Austria, Europe, Austria, Burgenland, + more
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Priest, Pianist, Composer, Virtuoso
    • Credits: The Cat Concerto, Impromptu, One Hundred Men and a Girl, Lisztomania, Rhapsody, + more
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    John Wesley
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    John Wesley was an Anglican divine and theologian who, with his brother Charles Wesley and fellow cleric George Whitefield, is credited with the foundation of the evangelical movement known as Methodism. His work and writings also played a leading role in the development of the Holiness movement and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1703-1791)
    • Birthplace: Epworth, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Priest, Theologian, Preacher
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    Reverend Father Ernesto Cardenal Martínez is a Nicaraguan Catholic priest, poet and politician. He is a liberation theologian and the founder of the primitivist art community in the Solentiname Islands, where he lived for more than ten years. A member of the Nicaraguan Sandinistas, a party he has since ...more

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    • Age: age 90
    • Birthplace: Granada, Nicaragua
    • Profession: Priest, Poet
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    Jonathan Swift
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    Jonathan Swift was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, poet and cleric who became Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. He is remembered for works such as Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, Drapier's Letters, The Battle of the Books, An Argument Against ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1667-1745)
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Priest, Poet, Novelist, Author, Writer, + more
    • Credits: Gulliver's Travels, The Three Worlds of Gulliver, Gulliver's Travels, Gulliver's Travels, Gulliver's Travels, + more
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    Claudio Monteverdi
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    Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi was an Italian composer, gambist, singer and Roman Catholic priest. Monteverdi's work, often regarded as revolutionary, marked the change from the Renaissance style of music to that of the Baroque period. He developed two styles of composition – the heritage of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1567-1643)
    • Birthplace: Cremona, Italy
    • Profession: Priest, Composer, Singer, Gambist, Violist
    • Credits: God's Comedy, The Full Monteverdi
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    Thomas Becket
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    Thomas Becket was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170. He is venerated as a saint and martyr by both the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. He engaged in conflict with Henry II of England over the rights and privileges of the Church and was murdered by followers of the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 52 (1118-1170)
    • Birthplace: Cheapside, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Priest, Bishop
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    Vicky Gene Robinson is an American retired bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Robinson was elected bishop coadjutor in 2003 and succeeded as diocesan bishop in March 2004. Before becoming bishop, he served as Canon to the Ordinary to the VIII ...more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America
    • Profession: Priest, Cleric
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    Mel White
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    James Melville "Mel" White is an American clergyman and author. White was a behind-the-scenes member of the Evangelical Protestant movement through the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, writing film and television specials and ghostwriting auto-biographies for televangelists such as Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, ...more

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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: Santa Clara, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Priest, Film Producer, Author, Film Director
    • Credits: David
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    Desmond Mpilo Tutu is a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. He was the first black Archbishop of Cape Town and bishop of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa. Tutu's admirers see him as a man ...more

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    • Age: age 84
    • Birthplace: Klerksdorp, South Africa
    • Profession: Priest
    • Credits: Sing Your Song, Our Story Our Voice, In Remembrance of Martin, World Cup Soccer in Africa: Who Really Wins?, Fierce Light, + more
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    Plutarch
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    Plutarch was a Greek historian, biographer and essayist, known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia. He is considered today to be a Middle Platonist. Plutarch's surviving works seem to have all been originally written in Koine Greek.more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (45-120)
    • Birthplace: Chaeronea, Greece
    • Profession: Priest, Biographer, Magistrate, Essayist, Philosopher
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    Mychal Judge
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    Mychal Judge, O.F.M., was a Franciscan friar and Catholic priest who served as a chaplain to the New York City Fire Department. It was while serving in that capacity that he was killed, becoming the first certified fatality of the September 11, 2001 attacks.more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1933-2001)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Priest
    • Credits: Saint of 9/11
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    Thomas Cranmer
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    Thomas Cranmer was a leader of the English Reformation and Archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI and, for a short time, Mary I. He helped build the case for the annulment of Henry's marriage to Catherine of Aragon, which was one of the causes of the separation of the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1489-1556)
    • Birthplace: Aslockton, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Priest, Diplomat
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    Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen, was a Dutch-born Catholic priest, professor and writer. His interests were rooted primarily in psychology, pastoral ministry, spirituality, social justice and community. Over the course of his life, Nouwen was heavily influenced by the work of Anton Boisen, Thomas Merton, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 64 (1932-1996)
    • Birthplace: Netherlands, European Netherlands, Nijkerk, Gelderland, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Profession: Priest, Author, Writer
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    The Reverend Simon Bailey was an Anglican priest and writer. He came to national attention when a television documentary was made of how he continued his work in the parish after telling his Bishop and parishioners he had AIDS - the first British priest to do so.more

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    • Age: Died at 40 (1955-1995)
    • Birthplace: Halifax, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Priest, Writer
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